On This Day in Black History: December 6
Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Santo Domingo.
The first black revolt in the New World occurred in Santo Domingo.
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery by taking the Underground Railroad to Pennsylvania.
Two hundred and fourteen delegates attended the Colored National Labor Union convention in Washington, D.C. This union was a counterpart to the all-white National Labor Union.
Joseph H. Rainey became the first black in the House of Representatives when he was sworn in as congressman from South Carolina.
P.B.S. Pinchback was elected president pro tem of the Louisiana Senate and acting lieutenant governor.
The Ku Klux Klan paraded down Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia following the premiere of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation at the Atlanta Theater.
British West Indies Regiment troops stationed at Taranto in Italy mutinied in protest at being forced to carry out manual labour and at racial discrimination in pay and promotions.
Richard B. Spikes patented his automatic gearshift (patent #1,889,814).
Psychiatrist and political theorist Frantz Fanon died in Washington, D.C.
South Africa granted Bophuthatswana "independence." It was not recognized as an independent country by any government other than that of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela was transferred to Victor Verster Prison, Capetown. He walked out of the prison on February 11, 1990.
Joseph Kabila, at age 35 the youngest president ever elected, was sworn in as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the first freely elected leader of the country in 40 years.
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Mary Ann Shadd Cary
From an early age, Mary was exposed to the anti-slavery movement, where she developed a good grasp of the issues and honed her debating skills. More...
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In 1843, Norbert Rillieux invented a vacuum evaporation system that revolutionized the sugar-refining process. Production costs dropped drastically with an attendant decrease in retail prices, making sugar more affordable. In addition, his process is now widely used in the manufacture of soap, evaporated milk, glue and gelatin. More...
Born in 1786, Moshoeshoe emerged as a militarist and diplomat, forging a nation out of the chaos created by Shaka's military campaigns. Considered one of Africa's greatest statesmen, Moshoeshoe merged the displaced with his own people into a unitary state with defined borders and one language. More...
Nanny of the Maroons
Nanny, or Granny Nanny as she was affectionately called, was a brilliant military strategist. She was equally adept at being a shrewd military tactician and the spiritual leader of the Windward Maroons, providing the group with military and religious stability. More...
Guion S. Bluford became the first African-American to go into space in August 1983 aboard the Challenger. More...
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks sat down so that we could all stand up for our rights. More...
Amy Jacques Garvey
Amy Jacques Garvey, wife of Marcus Garvey, did not derive her legitimacy from the status of her husband. She was a leading Pan-Africanist and Black Nationalist in her own right. More...
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