Saturday, August 6, 2011

Today In Black History

1795*

Absalom Jones ordained a deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church.


1861*
The congressional confiscation bill freed slaves who were forced to fight against the United States government, or to work in support of the rebellion.


1870 *
White conservatives suppressed Black vote and captured Tennessee legislative in election marred by assassinations and widespread violence. Campaign effectively ended Radical Reconstruction in North Carolina. The conservative legislature impeached Governor Holden on December 14.


1941*
Black private and white military policeman shot to death on bus in North Carolina during fight between Black and white soldiers. This was the first of a series of serious racial incidents (between Black and white soldiers and Black soldiers and white civilians) which continued throughout the war.


1962*

Jamaica proclaimed independent.


1965*

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Voting Rights Bill which authorized the suspension of literacy tests and the sending of federal examiners into South.


1967* 

Sir Alexander Bustamante, Jamaica's first prime minister dies.


1989*

Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, members of his congressional staff, and State Department officials die in a plane crash near Gambela, Ethiopia.









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