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1746 - Francois-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture is born into

        slavery in Haiti. He will lead the revolution in his

        country against French and English forces to free the

        slaves. Although he will nominally rule in the name of

        France, he will in actuality become political and

        military dictator of the country. His success in freeing

        the slaves in Haiti caused his name to become the biggest

        influence in the slave cabins of the Americas. His name

        will be whispered in Brazil, in the Caribbean, and the

        United States. He will join the ancestors on April 7, 1803.


1868 - The Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago,

        nominates U.S. Grant for the presidency. The convention

        marks the national debut of African American politicians.

        P.B.S. Pinchback of Louisiana and James J. Harris were

        delegates to the convention. Harris will be named to the

        committee which informed Grant of his nomination. African

        Americans also serve for the first time as presidential     

        electors. Robert Meacham will be a presidential elector

        in Florida. The South Carolina electoral ticket will

        include three African American Republican leaders, B.F.

        Randolph, Stephen A. Swails, and Alonzo J. Ransier.  


1951 - The New York branch of the NAACP honors Josephine Baker for

        her work to combat racism. Baker, the American chanteuse

        who was acclaimed in Europe, had led a personal crusade to

        force integration of clubs where she appeared in Miami and

        Las Vegas. She also campaigned against segregated railroad

        facilities in Chicago and buses in Oakland.


1961 - A mob attacks freedom riders in Montgomery, Alabama. 

        Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy dispatches four hundred

        U.S. marshals to Montgomery to keep order in the freedom

        rider controversy.


1964 - Buster Mathis defeats Joe Frazier to qualify for the U.S.

        Olympic team.


1971 - A Pentagon report states that African Americans constituted

        11 per cent of U.S. soldiers in Southeast Asia. The

        report also states that 12.5 per cent of all soldiers

        killed in Vietnam since 1961 were African American.


1985 - Larry Holmes retains the heavyweight boxing title of the

        International Boxing Federation in Reno, Nevada -- by

        defeating Carl Wilson in 15 rounds. The fight marks the

        first heavyweight title fight in Reno since Jack Johnson

        and Jim Jeffries fought there in 1910.


2003 - Howard Sims, tap dancer, joins the ancestors at age 86. He

        was known as "Sandman" and taught Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen

        and others.




The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and independent

research by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry, Sr.




Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - located in Harlem, New York City

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National Civil Rights Museum - located in Memphis, Tennessee

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History  - located in Detroit, Michigan

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture - located in Baltimore, Maryland

National Museum of African American History and Culture - located in Washington, DC



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