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1776 - Henri Christophe is born a slave in Grenadda.  He will

        become a Haitian revolutionist and ruler and also become

        provisional chief of northern Haiti. He will establish

        himself as King Henri I in the north and build Citadelle



1847 - National Black convention meets in Troy, NNew York, with

        more than sixty delegates from nine states. Nathan

        Johnson of Massachusetts is elected president.


1868 - An African American state convention at Maacon, Georgia,

        protests expulsion of African American politicians from

        the Georgia legislature.


1871 - The Fisk Jubilee Singers begin their tour to raise money

        for the school. Soon they will become one of the most

        popular African American folk-singing groups of the late

        19th century, performing throughout the U.S. and Europe

        and raising large sums for Fisk's building program.


1917 - Fannie Lou Hamer is born near Ruleville, MMississippi. She

        will become a leader of the civil rights movement during

        the 1960's and founder of the Mississippi Freedom

        Democratic Party in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She

        will join the ancestors on March 14, 1977.   


1921 - Joseph Echols Lowery is born in Huntsvillee, Alabama.  An

        early civil rights activist, he will become a founder,

        chairman of the board, and president of the Southern

        Christian Leadership Conference. He will lead SCLC to

        great levels of civil rights activism including a 2,700

        mile pilgrimage to extend and strengthen the Voting

        Rights Act, protesting toxic waste sites in African

        American communities, and actions against United States'

        corporations doing business in apartheid South Africa.


1965 - Patricia Harris takes the post as U.S. Ambbassador to

        Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S.



1981 - Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt, is assasssinated by

        extremists while reviewing a military parade.


1986 - Abram Hill joins the ancestors in New Yorkk City. He was

        the founder of the city's American Negro Theatre in 1940,

        where the careers of Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, and

        Sidney Poitier were launched. Hill's adaptation of the

        play "Anna Lucasta" premiered on Broadway in 1944 and

        ran successfully for 900 performances.


1991 - Williams College's exhibit of African Amerrican photography

        - "Black Photographers Bear Witness: 100 Years of Social

        Protest" opens. The exhibit includes photography by C.M.

        Battey, James Van Der Zee, Marvin and Morgan Smith,

        Moneta Sleet, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.


1991 - Anita Hill, a former personal assistant too Supreme Court

        justice nominee Clarence Thomas, accuses Thomas of sexual

        harassment (from 1981-83) during his confirmation



1994 - South African President, Nelson Mandela, aaddresses a joint

        session of Congress.  He will warn against the lure of

        isolationism, saying the U.S. post-Cold War focus should

        be on eliminating "tyranny, instability and poverty"

        across the globe.




The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"InfoBeat," "I, Too, Sing America - The African American>

Book of Days," "Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and 

independent research by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry, Sr.




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