On This Day in Black History: January 22
1510
King Ferdinand of Spain sanctioned a shipment of 50 African slaves to be sent to Hispaniola, thus initiating the organized system of transporting African slaves to the New World.
1824
The Asante army, outnumbering the British and employing superior military tactics, crushed the British forces and killed Governor Charles MacCarthy. This was the first defeat for a colonial power.
1879
Armed with spears against British guns, the Zulu army won a decisive victory at the battle of Isandhlwana. Immediately after Islandhwana, Prince Dabulamanzi ignored the orders of Cetshwayo and attacked the British supply base at Rorke's Drift, where approximately 100 British soldiers valiantly defended their outpost against 4,000 Zulus.
1964
Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in as the first president of Zambia.
1966
Martin Luther King, Jr. moved into a Chicago slum tenement to attract attention to the living conditions of the poor.
1971
Twelve black congressmen boycotted Richard Nixon's State of the Union message because of his "consistent refusal" to respond to the petitions of black Americans.

Today's Featured Page
Dr. Christine M. Darden
Dr. Christine M. Darden has been one of the leading aerospace engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...

The Scramble for Africa
The Scramble for Africa was powered not so much by conditions in Africa, but by the economic, social and political conditions in Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century. In economic terms, it was "not so much as an overproduction of ... goods in Europe as an undersupply of raw materials". More...

The Buffalo Soldiers
The story of the Buffalo Soldiers—their unsurpassed courage and patriotism—will live forever in the annals of the history of the United States. More...

Curt Flood
Curt Flood was the star center fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals who challenged baseball's reserve system all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. More...

Kente
Kente is not simply a cloth. Culturally, it visually depicts the historical, political, social and aesthetic tenets of Asante society. More...

Behanzin
Behanzin, the King of Dahomey, chose the strategy of confrontation to resist French occupation of his kingdom. More...


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