On This Day in Black History: November 25
The surviving Amistad mutineers returned to Africa.
Joe Gans, aka "The Old Master," the greatest lightweight boxer of all time and considered to be one of the all-time boxing greats, was born.
William Hubbard, the first black athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event, was born.
Marcus Garvey electrified a crowd at Liberty Hall in New York City as he stated the goals and principles of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA): "We represent peace, harmony, love, human sympathy, human rights and human justice ... we are marshaling the four hundred million Negroes of the world to fight for the emancipation of the race and for the redemption of the country of our fathers."
A CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) chapter pressed a sit-in campaign designed to end segregation in downtown facilities in St. Louis.
The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) prohibited segregation in public vehicles and waiting rooms used in interstate travel.
Suriname gained independence from the Netherlands.
In Burkina Faso, a military coup led by Colonel Saye Zerbo overthrew the government of President Lamizana and suspended the constitution.
Chicago mayor Harold Washington died after a heart attack.
President Félix Houphouët-Boigny remained in power after Ivory Coast's first multi-party elections.
Today's Featured Page
Dr. Charles Drew
In 1940, Charles Drew earned his Doctor of Medical Science Degree, and his dissertation was on the concept of "banked blood"—storing blood as plasma to increase storage life. More...
Previously Featured Pages
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...
Onesimus' recollection of a traditional African medical practice saved numerous lives and sparked the introduction of smallpox inoculation in the United States. More...
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, a quarter-century before the abolition of slavery to a free black woman and a Scottish army officer, Mary Seacole (née Grant) went on to become famous for her outstanding humanitarian work in the Crimean War. More...
In 1873, Cetshwayo succeeded his father Mpande and the Zulu nation resurfaced as a powerful force in Southern Africa. Like his predecessors, he wanted to avoid conflict with the white settlers but he was obstructing the imperial endeavour. More...
Dr. Meredith C. Gourdine
Born in 1929 in Newark, New Jersey, Meredith Gourdine was a physicist, pioneer researcher and inventor in the field of electrogasdynamics, a process dealing with the action of charged particles moving through a gas stream. More...
Philip Emeagwali, a Nigerian presently living in the US, won the International Gordon Bell Prize in computer science. More...
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