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On This Day in Black History: June 24
1692
Kingston, Jamaica was founded.
1821
Pedro Camejo, known as El Negro Primero (Black First) because he was black and the first to enter battle, died at the Battle of Carabobo, which ultimately led to the independence of Venezuela.
1844
African-Americans in Boston held the first of a series of meetings to protest against Jim Crow schools.
1884
Former Mississippi congressman John Lynch was elected temporary chairman of the Republican convention, becoming the first African-American to preside over the affairs of a national political party.
1885
Samuel David Ferguson was consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was the first black person to be a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. and also the first black person to sit in the House of Bishops.
1896
Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to receive an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University.
1911
Internationally renowned concert singer Portia White was born.
1933
Sisseretta Jones, called the "first Negro prima donna," favourite of George Bernard Shaw and several presidents, died of cancer.
1933
In 1933, the celebrated Apollo Theater opened in Harlem, New York City.
1936
Mary McLeod Bethune was named Director of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Adminstration.
1963
Zanzibar was granted internal self-government by Britain.
1967
In Zaire, a new constitution submitted to popular referendum was approved by 98 percent of voters. It also marked the first time that women voted in Zaire.
1968
Resurrection City was closed permanently by some 1,000 policemen using police dogs and tear gas grenades. Finally, 175 people were arrested, including Reverend Abernathy.
1972
The rules committee of the Democratic National Convention approved the nomination of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke as co-chairperson of the convention.

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Marie-Joseph Angélique
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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
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Andrew Beard
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Lewis Temple
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