Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

Black Indians, the Lumbee Tribe

*On this date from 1725 we affirm the Lumbee American Indian tribe. As of this writing (2017) California, South Dakota and Tennessee were the only American states with official days honoring the American Indian.

Presidental candidate Barack Obama speaks on Race

*On this date in 2008, Barack Obama gave a speech on race during his first presidential campaign. A storm was threatening to overwhelm his path breaking presidential nomination. Excerpts of racially charged sermons by his former minister and spiritual mentor, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who for 20 years had been pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, were all over the news. In the spring of that year, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (then) Senator Obama delivered “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Here is a transcript of that speech.

The Merikins community established

Merikins descendant

*The origin of the Merikins is celebrated on this date in 1814. They were African expatriates of the War of 1812, freed black slaves who fought for the British against the American colonies.

NMAAHC opens

*The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened on this date in 2016.

Slaves sold by Georgetown University

Rev. Thomas F. Mulledy

*On this date in 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 African Slaves through their administration.

These humans were loaded on ships at a active landing stage in the nation’s capital, intended for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance. No one was spared: baby’s, mothers, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Canadian history and the Middle Passage

Oliver le Jeune

*Canadian Slavery of African’s is affirmed on this date circa 1600. The registered baptism of Olivier Le Jeune occurred on this date in 1633 in Quebec.

African Liberation Day in U.S.A. takes place

*On this date in 1972, America affirmed its first African Liberation Day. The event took place in Washington D.C.

Native American's and the Underground Railroad

Black Indians (Oklahoma)

*Native American involvement in American slavery’s Underground Railroad is affirmed on this date in 1722.

Knight v. Wedderburn upheld

*On this date in 1778, the Justices of the Peace court in Perth Scotland ruled on the case of Knight v. Wedderburn. This Scottish slavery decision predated the very similar Dred Scott ruling in America.

Trayvon Martin killed

Trayvon Benjamin Martin

*On this date in 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

Martin was a 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic man was the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily living and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman killed Martin, who was unarmed, during an altercation between the two. Responding to an earlier call from Zimmerman, police arrived on the scene within two minutes of the shooting.