On This Day in Black History: September 24
1772
The First Black Carib-British War began in St. VIncent.
1886
The Ebenezer Baptist Church, home church of Martin Luther King, Jr., was founded in Atlanta, Georgia.
1897
Pan-Africanist Henry Sylvester Williams formed the African Association in London, England.
1957
Federal troops were dispatched to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.
1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order 11246, specifying the use of affirmative action in contractors' agreements.
1969
The Chicago Seven trial began. Originally eight, Black Panther activist Bobby Seale was laer ordered bound and gagged by Judge Hoffman after some heated exchanges. In the end, he was separated from the other defendants and sentenced to four years for contempt.
1973
Guinea-Bissau gained independence from France.
1976
Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith announced that the government had agreed to introduce black majority rule to the country within two years.
1979
Civilian rule was restored in Ghana when Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings handed over power to an elected president, Hilla Limann.
1986
Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone attributed the perceived lower intelligence of Americans versus the Japanese to the African and Latino segments of the population.
1988
Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris was elected suffragan bishop of the 110,000-member Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
1996
Thulamela, a new archaeological site in South Africa, was opened to the public.

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Thulamela
Thulamela, an archaeological site in the northernmost reaches of Kruger National Park, South Africa, was opened to the public on National Heritage Day (September 24) 1996. Although a number of sites have been excavated south of the Limpopo River, Thulamela is the first to be thoroughly explored in the post-apartheid era. More...


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Shaka
At age 23, Shaka was conscripted into the Izi-cwe regiment of the army of Dingiswayo, the Mtetwa king. It was during this period that he developed the fighting techniques that made his warriors terrorize southeastern Africa. More...

Philip Emeagwali
Philip Emeagwali, a Nigerian presently living in the US, won the International Gordon Bell Prize in computer science. More...

Dr. Percy Julian
Born in 1899 in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Percy Julian's research yielded more than 100 patents. He created derivative drugs to treat glaucoma and arthritis at a reasonable cost. His research on the soybean led to discoveries in the manufacture of drugs, hormones, vitamins, paint and paper. More...

The Rastafarian Movement
The Rastafarian Movement takes its name from Ras Tafari, later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafarian philosophy stresses anti-colonialism and an affirmation of African social and cultural history. It offers both historical and political alternatives and its focus is on Africa. More...

Samori Ture
Born about 1830 in Sanankaro, a village southeast of Kankan in present-day Guinea, Samori Ture chose the path of confrontation, using warfare and diplomacy, to deal with the French colonial incursion into West Africa and established himself as the leading African opponent of European imperialism. More...

Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson is best known for his role as pediatric neurosurgeon in a complex operation separating Siamese twins joined at the head. More...