Our Kujitahidi Archive -- June
16th 1804 - General Dessalines of Haiti born.
1822 - Denmark Vesey's rebellion
1976 - Soweto uprising
17th 1871 - Poet, songwriter and publisher, James Weldon Johnson, is born
JUNETEENTH(celebrated since 1862 as African-American freedom day
20th 1858 - Charles Chestnut, author, is born(d1932).
1920 - Eduardo Mondiane, Mozambican freedom fighter is born(d.1973).
21st 1859 - Henry Ossawa Tanner, painter, is born(d.1937)
1943 - The second Harlem Riots.
22nd 1910 - Famed Dancer and Choreographer, Katherine Dunham, is born.
1983 - Shannon Dawn Phillips, is born.
23rd 1888 - Former slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglas, is nominated for
the Presidency of the United States.
1940 - Wilma Rudolph, once named the fastest woman runner in the world,
24th 1897 - Memphis Minnie Mckay, blues singer/guitarist, is born(d.1973)
25th 1876 - Battle of the :Little Big Horn (Custer's Last Stand).
1948 - Joe Louis wins the Heavyweight Crown.
1975 - Mozambique gains independence.
26th 1893 - Blues singer Big Bill Broonzy is born(d.1958).
1919 - Marcus Garvey founds the Black Star Line.
27th 1872 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Poet, is born(d.1901)
1991 - Supreme Court Judge, Thurgood Marshall, resigns.
29th 1886 - Award winning African-American photographer, James Van Der
Zee, is born in Lenox, MA.
30th 1917 - Singer, Actor, Acitivist, Lena Horne, is born.
1941 - Kwame Toure, nee Stokely Carmichael, is born.
1st 1807 - Slavery was abolished in the U.S. Territories.
1862 - Slavery was abolished in the U.S. Possessions.
2nd 1863 - Combahee River Raid, led by Harriet Tubman, frees over 700
1924 - Congress naturalizes Native Americans; granting them
3rd 1968 - Poor Peoples campaign begins
1904 - Doctor, Scientist Charles Richard Drew is born(d.1850).
1906 - Innovative entertainer, Josephine Baker is born(d.1975)
1942 - Curtiss Mayfield is born.
1952 - Singer Denice Williams is born.
6th 1790 - duSable establishes trading post at what becomes Chicago
1831 - The 1st annual "Convention of People of Color" in Philadelphia, PA.
1902 - Bandleader, Jimmy Lunceford is born(d.1947)
1966 - The 1st "Black Power" conference.
7th 1917 - Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, is born.
1947 - Poet Nikki Giovanni, is born.
8th 1789 - The Bill of Roghts for the U.S. Constitution is proposed.
1886 - The 1st Civil Rights Act is passed.
9th 1877 - Sculptor, Meta Warwick Fuller, is born.
10th 1794 - Richard Allen founds the 1st African Methodist Episcopal church in
1898 - Hattie McDaniel, the 1st African-American Oscar winner, is born.
11th 1911 - Marcus Garvey establishes the United Negro Improvement
1920 - Pianist, Hazel Scott, is born.
12th 1964 - Rivoria 8 convicted to life in South Africa (including Mandela)
1986 - Soweto state of emergency declared.
13th 1963 - Medger Evers is assassinated.
1966 - Supreme Court issues Miranda decision.
1967 - Thurgood Marshall is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
14th 1864 - Congress grants Black union troops equal pay with whites.
15th 1923 - Jazz pianist, composer and band leader, Errol Garner, is born.
1943 - Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is established.
1950 - A General Strike is called in South Africa.
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