On This Day in Black History: December 13
1894
Abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond died.
1903
Ella J. Baker, civil rights activist and "mother" of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), was born.
1918
France awarded the Croix de Guerre to the 369th Regiment, popularly known as the Harlem Hellfighters.
1944
The first African-American women completed their training for the Women accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
1956
British Togoland was incorporated into the Gold Coast, with the new entity becoming the new independent nation of Ghana on March 6 of the following year.
1960
Emperor Haile Selassie survived a coup attempt led by the commander of the Imperial Bodyguard Mengistu Neway, who briefly proclaimed the emperor's eldest son Asfa Wossen as the new ruler.
1988
An agreement was reached between the U.S., South Africa, Angola and Cuba for Namibian independence in exchange for a phased withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola.
1989
South African president F.W. de Klerk met with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela for the first time.
1990
ANC president Oliver Tambo returned to South Africa after 30 years in exile.
1995
Race riots broke out in Brixton, London after a black man died in police custody.
1995
Eritrean and Yemeni forces clashed over Greater Hanish Island in the disputed Zukur-Hanish archipelago on the southern side of the Red Sea.
2006
The San people in Botswana won a historic court case in which they accused the government of illegally removing them from their tribal and ancestral land.

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Elijah McCoy
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Lewis Latimer
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James Beckwourth
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Fannie Lou Hamer
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Lobengula
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Ernest Everett Just
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