On This Day in Black History: May 25
1774
African slaves in Massachusetts Bay petitioned the government for freedom as their natural right.
1919
Entrepeneur and philantropist Madame C.J. Walker died.
1935
Jesse Owens established three world records and tied another in a 45-minute period at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1937
Renowned artist Henry Ossawa Tanner died at the age of 76 in Paris, France.
1943
A riot at a Mobile, Alabama shipyard was sparked over the upgrading of 12 black workers to welding jobs in compliance with the president's Committee on Fair Employment Practices (FEPC).
1963
The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established by leaders of 32 African nations, giving them a united voice for the first time in African history. Africa Liberation Day was declared at the OAU's conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1969
The Sudanese government was overthrown in a military coup led by Colonel Jaafar Nimeiry.
1975
Al Attles became the first African-American coach to win a professional championship in any sport. Attles' team, the Golden State Warriors, swept the Washington Bullets 4-0 to win the NBA final.
1986
South African authorities begin the forcible removal of people from their homes in the squatter camp at Crossroads, located on the outskirts of Cape Town. This action precipitated major violence and 60,000 people ended up homeless.
1994
The UN lifted its arms embargo on South Africa with its transition to democracy.

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