Friday, March 25

On this Day in Black History

1807 - British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1831 - Richard Allen died
1871 - Kentucky citizens filed a petition challenging the violent acts of the KKK
1881 - Bela Bartok born
1887 - Samori, the builder of the Wasulu Empire, signed with the French the treaty of Bisnadugu.
1910 - Liberian Commission recommended financial aid to Liberia and the establishment of a U.S. Navy coaling station
1925 - (Mary) Flannery O'Connor born
1931 - Ida B. Wells-Barnett died
1931 - Scottsboro Boys trials begin
No crime in American history-- let alone a crime that never occurred-- produced as many trials, convictions, reversals, and retrials as did an alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers on the Southern Railroad freight run from Chattanooga to Memphis on March 25, 1931.
1934 - Gloria Steinem born
1938 - Hoyt Axton born
1939 - Toni Cade Bambara born
1942 - Aretha Franklin born
1947 - Reginald Kenneth Dwight (Elton John) born
1965 - Viola Gregg Liuzzo murdered outside Montgomery, AL.
1965 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and supporters reach Montgomery Alabama after marching 4 days from Selma.
1966 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the "poll tax" was unconstitutional
1967 - Debi Thomas born
1968 - The final episode of "The Monkees" was broadcast
1977 - The final episode of "Sanford and Son" was aired
1991 - Whoopi Goldberg received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
1994 - United States troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia
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