On This Day in Black History: February 7
1883
Eubie Blake, pianist and composer of ragtime, jazz, and popular music, was born.
1910
Borders between German East Africa, the Belgian Congo and British East Africa were established.
1926
Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, was inaugurated by Carter G. Woodson in honour of Frederick Douglass.
1946
A filibuster in the U.S. Senate killed the Fair Employment Practices Committee bill.
1974
Grenada gained its independence from Britain.
1986
Jean-Claude Duvalier fled from Haiti to France, ending a 28-year period where one family ruled the island.
1991
Reverend Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president.

Today's Featured Page
The Golden Stool of the Asante
The Golden Stool of the Asante contains the soul or sunsum of the nation. It is considered to be so sacred that no one is allowed to sit on it. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Dr. George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers is an astrophysicist of international renown. He was the principal inventor of the first moon-based observatory, the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph—a combination spectograph and camera, with an electron intensifier—used for the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in 1972. More...

Fannie Lou Hamer
Refusing to yield to the position designated to her by society, Fannie Lou Hamer eventually became the embodiment of the changes incited by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. More...

Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks sat down so that we could all stand up for our rights. More...

Frederick McKinley Jones
Growing up as an orphan and not attending school beyond grade eight, Frederick McKinley Jones was ultimately to become one of the most prolific black inventors. More...

Elijah McCoy
Eventually, no heavy duty machinery was without Elijah McCoy's automatic oiling devices and the term the "real McCoy" became linked with his pioneering achievement. More...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week. More...