On This Day in Black History: March 25
1644
Eleven blacks successfully petitioned the government of New Amsterdam for their freedom.
1802
Spain ceded Trinidad to Britain with the Treaty of Amiens.
1807
The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act was passed by the British Parliament. Slaves were still held after the act until slavery was finally abolished within the British Empire in 1833.
1843
Jacob Dodson set out with an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage.
1887
Samori Toure signed the Treaty of Bisnadugu with the French.
1931
Anti-lynching crusader, suffragist and women's rights advocate Ida Wells-Barnett died in Chicago, Illinois.
1931
Nine African-American youths, accused of raping two white women on a freight train, were arrested at Paint Rock, Alabama. They were transferred to Scottsboro, Alabama and become known internationally as the Scottsboro Boys.
1942
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was born.
1965
Martin Luther King, Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capital in Montgomery, Alabama.
1965
White civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo was shot and killed by Klansmen while driving workers back to Selma from Montgomery after a civil rights march. Three Klansmen were convicted of violating her civil rights and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
1970
Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) testified before the Senate Internal Security Committee.

Today's Featured Page
Saartje (Sara) Baartman
When Saartje (Sara) Baartman left the shores of Africa, little did she know that her body parts would be returned to her home land 187 years later and that she would fuel the racist notions of black inferiority and black female sexuality in Europe. More...


Previously Featured Pages
African-American Astronauts
Guion S. Bluford became the first African-American to go into space in August 1983 aboard the Challenger. More...

Samori Ture
Born about 1830 in Sanankaro, a village southeast of Kankan in present-day Guinea, Samori Ture chose the path of confrontation, using warfare and diplomacy, to deal with the French colonial incursion into West Africa and established himself as the leading African opponent of European imperialism. More...

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...

The Sharpeville Massacre
March 21, 1960: A large crowd of Black South Africans assembled in front of the Sharpeville police station to protest the pass laws imposed by apartheid. The pass laws were statutes requiring all black men and women of South Africa to carry a reference book with them when they travelled outside of their homes. More...

The Rastafarian Movement
The Rastafarian Movement takes its name from Ras Tafari, later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafarian philosophy stresses anti-colonialism and an affirmation of African social and cultural history. It offers both historical and political alternatives and its focus is on Africa. More...

Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba was born in Katako-Kombe in the Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo in 1925. In October 1958, he formed the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC), which was the only major party that had a truly national base. A nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he mobilized the Congolese people to press for independence. More...


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