On This Day in Black History: July 22
1510
Alessandro de Medici, the first Duke of Florence, was born. Known as "Il Moro" or "The Moor," he was the illegimate son of Simonetta da Collavechio, a black servant, and the seventeen-year-old Cardinal Giulio de Medici, who later became Pope Clement VII.
1796
Almost 600 Maroons arrived in Halifax from Jamaica.
1862
President Lincoln submitted a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet.
1921
The Disaster at Annual: Abd-el-Krim's Riffian warriors soundly defeated the Spanish army in Morocco in a pivotal battle.
1939
Jane Matilda Bolin became the first African-American female judge when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia appointed her to the Domestic Relations Court in New York City.
1955
Alabama approved the Pupil Placement Plan to circumvent school desegregation.
1994
A military coup in Gambia led by Yahya Jammeh toppled the government. President Dawda Jawara, the first president since independence in 1965, fled the country.

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Queen Tiye
Born in Nubia, Queen Tiye was the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III, mother of Amenhotep IV (later known as Akenhaton), and mother-in-law of Nefertiti. Highly prestigious during the reign of both her husband and son, she exerted her influence as queen consort and queen mother of Egypt over a fifty-year period. More...


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Chief Albert John Luthuli
Chief Albert John Luthuli, a teacher and minor Zulu chief found that, as an employee of the South African government, his efforts to raise the living standards of his people were limited. More...

Sunni Ali Ber
It was not until Sunni Ali Ber, a member of the Sunni dynasty, ascended to the throne in 1464, that the rulers of Gao looked beyond the confines of the Niger valley. In 28 years he turned the kingdom of Gao into the Songhai empire. More...

Cowrie Shells
Cowrie shells were the most popular currency within Africa. Pictures of cowrie shells adorned cave walls. The Egyptians considered them to be magical agents and also used them as currency in foreign exchange transactions. Archaeologists have excavated millions of them in the tombs of the Pharaohs. More...

Sundiata
Sundiata was the son of Nare Fa Maghan, king of the Mandingo, and Sogolon Conde. The union of Maghan and Sogolon was based on the prophecy that Sogolon would give Maghan a son who would be Mali's greatest king. More...

Thomas Fuller
In 1710, Thomas Fuller was born in Africa in the area between present-day Liberia and Benin. At 14, he was brought as a slave to America and became the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Cox of Alexandria, Virginia. Known as the Virginia Calculator, Fuller exhibited extraordinary computational abilities. More...

The Shona
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe still stand near the modern town of Masvingo in present-day Zimbabwe. They are three hundred feet long and two hundred feet wide. The walls are thirty feet high and, in many cases, twenty feet thick. They are the symbol of important political and economic developments among the Shona-speaking peoples in the twelfth century. More...


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