On This Day in Black History: February 21
1797
Don José Maria Chacón surrendered the island of Trinidad to a British naval force commanded by Sir Ralph Abercromby.
1862
Nathaniel Gordon, the first and only American slave trader to be tried and convicted "for being engaged in the Slave Trade", was executed.
1923
Khama III died.
1927
Montreal's Negro Community Centre was established.
1933
Nina Simone, the "High Priestess of Soul," was born.
1936
Barbara Jordan was born. Jordan was the first African-American state senator in the Texas legislature since 1883, and the first woman as well as first African-American to make a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
1961
Otis Boykin patented the electrical resistor (patent #2,972,726) used in computers, radios, television sets and a variety of electronic devices, which contributed to price reductions in these products.
1964
President Kwame Nkrumah declared a one-party state in Ghana.
1965
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) was shot and killed at age 39 by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally in the Audobon Ballroom in New York City.
1998
Julian Bond was elected chairman of the board of the NAACP.
1999
Harriet West Waddy, the first black woman commissioned as an officer, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAC), died at age 94.

Today's Featured Page
Khama III
In 1875, Khama III became king of the Bamangwato when he expelled his father and brother, Sekgoma and Kgamane. Known as Khama the Good, he was a Christian convert and proved to be more pious than the missionaries. More...


Previously Featured Pages
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...

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...

Dr. Lloyd Quarterman
Dr. Lloyd Quarterman was one of the African American nuclear scientists involved in the production of the atomic bomb. He worked with two of the most illustrious scientific minds of the twentieth century—Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. More...

The Fall of Benin
On February 17, 1897, Benin City fell to the British. On that fateful day in history, the city of Benin lost its independence, its sovereignty, its Oba (king), its control of trade, and its pride. More...

Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer has brought light to millions around the world, yet he remains in the shadows. Although his collaboration with Edison and his genius as a pioneer in the electric lighting industry are well documented, they are not widely acknowledged. More...

Claudia Jones
Concerned with black nationalism as well as socialism, Claudia Jones became the standard bearer for Negro women, especially domestic workers. She denounced and attacked the triple oppression of sex, race, and class faced by black women. More...


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