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

California, its naming heritage

"The Naming of California"
by Louise Lloyd

*The creation of the name California is celebrated on this date in 1850; the official date of it’s statehood. The designation “California” is another piece of African American history.

The name is derived from a knightly romance book that was published in 1510. The story was about an island paradise near the Indies where a beautiful Black Queen Califia ruled. She was the leader a country of Black Amazons with masses of pearls and gold. Men were only allowed on Califia one day a year to help perpetuate the race.

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Black Women and International Women’s Day

*On this date in 1910 the world formally celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). Since it’s beginning IWD is a global celebration of the wellness of women. Started at a time of great social turbulence and crisis, IWD inherited a tradition of protest and political activism. Yet since its inception there has been a pattern of racial exclusion of women of color, specifically Black Women!

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Appalachian Genealogy study released

Melungeon Man

*On this date in 2012, a DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy was released.

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Liberia's Charles Taylor found guilty

Charles Taylor (in court)

*On this date in 2012, an international court trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor ended.

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Texas A&M chooses 1st Black Commander

Marquis Alexander

*On this date in 2012, the first Black student was appointed as Commander of the Texas A&M Cadets. This is nearly a half-century after African Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University.

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Black history and the Girl Scouts of America

GSUSA Dixie Region, 1935

*On this date in 1912, the Registry marks the history of African American’s in the Girl Scouts of America.

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Hate Crime arsonist convicted

Macedonia Church Arson, 2008

*On this date in 2011, a white man was convicted of burning down a black church. He motive was to condemn Barack Obama's election as America's first Black president in November 2008.

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Canadian Black History, a story

YWCA (Ontatio, 1921)

*A brief article on Black Canadian history before America’s Civil Rights movement is recognized on this date.

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Racial incident mars NHL game

Wayne Simmonds

*On this date in 2011, a racial incident happened in a National Hockey League game.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings played in a neutral site exhibition game in London, Ontario. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was in the middle of his shootout attempt when a fan inside the Labatt Centre threw a banana peel in his path. Simmonds, an African Canadian still beat Red Wings goaltender Jordan Pearce.

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White Supremacist executed

Lawrence Brewer (1999)

*On this date in 2011, a White supremacist gang member was executed for the infamous dragging death slaying of a Black man in 1998.

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