On This Day in Black History: February 9
1822
Haitian forces invaded Santo Domingo (now Dominican Republic) and remained until they were expelled in 1844.
1906
Poet and author Paul Laurence Dunbar died at age 33.
1944
Author and feminist Alice Walker was born.
1962
Jamaica signed an agreement to become an independent nation within the British Commonwealth.
1964
Arthur Ashe became the first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team.
1971
Satchel Paige was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
1990
Namibia's constitution was ratified.
1995
Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African-American to walk in space.
2006
The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) of Egypt announced the discovery of a new tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Labelled KV63, it was the first tomb to be found in the valley since the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb (KV62), located only 50 feet away.

Today's Featured Page
King Jaja of Opobo
Strategically located between Bonny and the production areas of the hinterland, King Jaja controlled trade and politics in the Niger Delta. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Cetshwayo
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...

The Golden Stool of the Asante
The Golden Stool of the Asante contains the soul or sunsum of the nation. It is considered to be so sacred that no one is allowed to sit on it. More...

Dr. George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers is an astrophysicist of international renown. He was the principal inventor of the first moon-based observatory, the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph—a combination spectograph and camera, with an electron intensifier—used for the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in 1972. More...

Fannie Lou Hamer
Refusing to yield to the position designated to her by society, Fannie Lou Hamer eventually became the embodiment of the changes incited by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. More...

Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks sat down so that we could all stand up for our rights. More...

Frederick McKinley Jones
Growing up as an orphan and not attending school beyond grade eight, Frederick McKinley Jones was ultimately to become one of the most prolific black inventors. More...