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"On This Date in Black History: A Calendar of Events"

This free, daily Black History facts website contains over 2,000 entries delivering Black History every day of the year searchable by date or keyword. The calendar features many major Black achievements and important dates in Black History including ideas, inventions, and leadership by Black people that have helped propel America to prominence and helped mankind world-wide.
August 1

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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