On This Day in Black History: September 2
1766
Abolitionist James Forten was born.
1898
The Battle of Omdurman occurred. Anglo-Egyptian troops under General Horatio Kitchener defeated Sudanese tribesmen (Dervishes) led by the Khalifa Abdullah el-Taashi.
1914
Romare Bearden, a Harlem Renaissance artist known for his collages, was born.
1940
The Destroyers for Bases Agreement was signed by the United States and the United Kingdom. Fifty obsolete U.S. destroyers were exchanged for land rights for air and naval bases on the following British possessions: Newfoundland, Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Guiana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad.
1958
Hendrik Verwoerd, the grand architect of apartheid, became prime minister of South Africa.
1963
Alabama Governor George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by surrounding the school with state troopers.
1971
Cheryl White became the first African-American woman jockey to win a sanctioned horse race.
1975
Joseph W. Hatchett was sworn in as a Florida Supreme Court judge, becoming the first black to serve in that capacity in the South in the twentieth century.

Today's Featured Page
Afonso I
Afonso I ruled for thirty-seven years, the longest reign in Kongo history. While his father maintained limited contact with the Portugese and viewed Christianity as a cult headed by them, Afonso I was a devout Christian who gladly welcomed trade with the Portugese. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Saartje (Sara) Baartman
When Saartje (Sara) Baartman left the shores of Africa, little did she know that her body parts would be returned to her home land 187 years later and that she would fuel the racist notions of black inferiority and black female sexuality in Europe. 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...

Octavia E. Butler
Born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, Octavia E. Butler is the first published African-American female science fiction writer. She is widely recognized and critically acclaimed, while introducing the African-American and feminist perspective into the genre. More...

Otis Boykin
One of Otis Boykin's early inventions was an improved electrical resistor for computers, radios, televisions and an assortment of other electronic devices. More...

Rita Dove
Born 1952 in Akron, Ohio, Rita Dove served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the United States Congress. She was the youngest person and the first African American to be appointed to this prestigious office. More...

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...


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