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On This Day in Black History: October 22
1800
Lewis Temple, inventor of a harpoon that revolutionized the technology of the whaling industry, was born.
1807
Abolitionist James W.C. Pennington was born Jim Pembroke. He escaped from slavery in 1827.
1906
Three thousand blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical presentation of Thomas Dixon's The Clansman.
1906
Three thousand Blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical presentation of Thomas Dixon's The Clansman
1963
A quarter of a million children boycotted Chicago's segregated schools.
1998
Clashes between Ijaw and Itshekiri youths in the Nigerian oil town of Warri left six dead.
2005
Riots occurred in the Lozells area of Birmingham, England. Like on two previous occasions in the Handsworth suburb of Birmingham in the 1980's, these riots were derived from racial tensions between the black and Asian British communities.

Today's Featured Page
Lewis Temple
Today, Lewis Temple is presented as one of New Bedford's most ingenious citizens. In 1987, a life-size statue of Lewis Temple was erected on the lawn of the New Bedford Free Public Library. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Behanzin
Behanzin, the King of Dahomey, chose the strategy of confrontation to resist French occupation of his kingdom. More...

The Buffalo Soldiers
The story of the Buffalo Soldiers—their unsurpassed courage and patriotism—will live forever in the annals of the history of the United States. More...

Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...

Curt Flood
Curt Flood was the star center fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals who challenged baseball's reserve system all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. More...

Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman astronaut to participate in a NASA shuttle mission. 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...