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On This Day in Black History: August 28
430
St. Augustine of Hippo died during the siege of Hippo by the Vandals. He was 75.
1818
Trader Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the founder of Chicago, died in St. Charles, Missouri.
1879
Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, was captured by the British.
1921
The second Pan-African Congress was held in London, Brussels and Paris.
1921
Wendell O. Scott, the only African-American driver in NASCAR for most of this career, was born.
1952
Writer and poet Rita Dove was born.
1955
Teenager Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered after speaking "inappropriately" to a white woman—allegedly, he had whistled at her and called her baby.
1963
The March on Washington occurred, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1968
Rev. Channing E. Phillips became the first African-American to be nominated for president by a major political party (the Democratic Party). He received 67½ votes.

Today's Featured Page
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...


Previously Featured Pages
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...

Marie-Joseph Angélique
Marie-Joseph Angélique was a slave owned by François Poulin of Montreal in the early 1730s. Being in her sexual prime, she was expected to breed with male slaves as well as provide sexual services to her master. Angélique had other plans. More...

Althea Gibson
Surmounting the obstacles of poverty and racism, Althea Gibson reached the pinnacle of her sport against the odds, becoming the first African American woman to win a major tennis tournament. More...

Dr. Mark Dean
When you think PC (personal computer), Mark Dean does not readily come to mind. Mark who?, you may ask. More...

Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca. However, attention should be focused on the effects of the hajj, rather than the pilgrimage itself. 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...


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