Slavery was outlawed in British colonies on this date in 1834. Over 700,000 slaves were freed.
Blacks in Tennessee voted for the first time in a southern state election on this date in 1867.
Charles Clinton Spaulding, businessman who helped the NC Mutual Insurance Co. grow from $350 to $43 million in assets, was born in Columbus County, NC, on this date in 1874. Spaulding also died on this date in 1952.
Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, renowned educator, was born in Epworth, SC, on this date in 1894. Mays was also named President of Morehouse College on this date in 1940.
The National Convention of Marcus Garvey's Universal Improvement Association (founded six years earlier to the day) was opened in Liberty Hall in Harlem on this date in 1920. Garvey presented his "Back to Africa" program during this two-day conference.
Ronald (Ron) H. Brown, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the first black Secretary of Commerce, was born on this date in 1941.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (New York) was elected as the East's first black Congressman on this date in 1944.
The African nation of Dahomey (Benin) gained its independence on this date in 1960.
Whitney Moore Young, Jr. was named Executive Director of the National Urban League on this date in 1961.
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