On This Day in Black History: March 6
1831
Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died at age 71.
1857
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Dred Scott decision.
1862
President Lincoln proposed a formal plan of gradual, compensated emancipation of slaves to Congress.
1957
1964
Cassius Clay was renamed Muhammad Ali by Elijah Muhammad.
1967
Muhammad Ali was ordered by the Selective Service to be inducted into military service.
1979
The state of Georgia formally apologized to Ray Charles, lifting a lifetime ban from him performing in the state. The ban had been imposed in 1961 when he steadfastly refused to perform before a segregated audience.
1986
The Mayor's Commission selected by Mayor W. Wilson Goode of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, investigating the bombing of the headquarters of the MOVE organization, scathingly censured the mayor and other public officials.
1993
UNITA took control of Angola's second city, Huambo. Approximately 12,000 people were estimated to have died in the two-month battle for Huambo.

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Nanny of the Maroons
Nanny, or Granny Nanny as she was affectionately called, was a brilliant military strategist. She was equally adept at being a shrewd military tactician and the spiritual leader of the Windward Maroons, providing the group with military and religious stability. More...


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Nana Prempeh I
Nana Prempeh reunited the Asante nation, but this period coincided with the Scramble for Africa and the British viewed African unity as an impediment to their colonial expansion. Additionally, they wanted to colonize the Gold Coast before the French in the Ivory Coast did. More...

Mary Seacole
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, a quarter-century before the abolition of slavery to a free black woman and a Scottish army officer, Mary Seacole (née Grant) went on to become famous for her outstanding humanitarian work in the Crimean War. More...

Moshoeshoe
Born in 1786, Moshoeshoe emerged as a militarist and diplomat, forging a nation out of the chaos created by Shaka's military campaigns. Considered one of Africa's greatest statesmen, Moshoeshoe merged the displaced with his own people into a unitary state with defined borders and one language. More...

Dr. Mark Dean
When you think PC (personal computer), Mark Dean does not readily come to mind. Mark who?, you may ask. More...

"Queen Mother" Moore
Queen Mother Moore was born Audley Moore in New Iberia, Louisiana, and acquired the appellation Queen Mother on her first trip to Ghana, where she attended the funeral of Kwame Nkrumah in 1972. She was in the forefront of the struggle for 77 years. More...

Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman astronaut to participate in a NASA shuttle mission. More...