On This Day in Black History: September 3
1783
Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, bought his and his brother's freedom.
1783
The Treaty of Paris was signed. France returned Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent, Grenadines, St. Christopher, Nevis and Montserrat to Britain; Britain ceded St. Lucia and Tobago to France.
1832
Three slaves named Cudjo, Mentor and Present set fire to houses in Paramaribo, Suriname
1838
Frederick Douglass escaped slavery disguised as a sailor.
1868
When Georgia's white legislators passed a bill forbidding blacks from holding elected office, Henry McNeal Turner was incensed and led a delegation of African-American representatives out of the capitol building. In an eloquent speech, he declared, "I am here to demand my rights and to hurl thunderbolts at the man who would dare to cross the threshold of my manhood.... Never in the history of the world has a man been ... charged with the offense of being of a darker hue than his fellow men."
1900
The British annexed Natal in South Africa.
1918
Five soldiers were hanged for their alleged participation in the Houston Riot of 1917.
1960
Julius Nyerere became Chief Minister under the new constitution when his Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) party won seventy of the seventy-one seats in the new legislative assembly.
1970
Representatives from 27 African nations, the Caribbean nations, four South American countries, Australia, and the U.S. met in Atlanta for the first Congress of African People.
1984
In South Africa, a new constitution came into effect, establishing a tricameral parliament divided along racial lines: White, Asian and Coloured (mixed race). All power remained in the hands of the whites, who allowed coloureds and Asians a limited role in the national government and control over their own affairs in certain areas. Blacks remained effectively disenfranchised.
1987
Pierre Buyoya led a military coup against the Second Republic of Burundi, which ousted Jean-Baptiste Bagaza.

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