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1998 - August 27, 1998, civil rights marchers gathered in Washington D.C. on the eve of

August 27, 1998, civil rights marchers gathered in Washington D.C. on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
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1991 - Central Life Insurance Company, the last surviving African American owned insura

Central Life Insurance Company, the last surviving African American owned insurance company in the state of Florida is ordered liquidated by a Florida circuit court judge.
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1989 - Chuck Berry Plays NASA

'Johnny B Goode' is performed by Chuck Berry for NASA engineers and scientists in celebration of Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune, 1989
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1975 - Death of Emperor Haile Selassie

Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia died in 1975 at the age of 83. During his reign, Selassie's main ambitions included the modernization of Ethiopia, international recognition for his nation, the abolishment of slavery, expanded eduacation and the elimination of foreign intervention. In 1936, a year after Italy invaded Ethiopia, Selassie was forced to flee his country. He remained a strong symbol for many Blacks worldwide who saw the struggle of Ethiopia as one of their own. He returned to organize a resistance movement in Ethiopia which was finally liberated in May of 1941. Despite his many progresses however, Selassie's failure at class and land ownership reform eventually led to a coup thus putting a close to the 3,000 year old Makkeda-Solomonic Dynasty.
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1963 - W.E.B. Du Bois died

W.E.B. Du Bois (95), scholar, protest leader and a founder of the NAACP, died in Accra, Ghana. W.E.B. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868. He was raised mostly by his mother, Mary, after his father left the family when he was very young. He was the first black person to graduate from his high school. After high school, he went on to study at Fisk University in Tennessee on full academic scholarship. After graduating with honors in 1888, he then went on to Harvard to pursue a second undergraduate degree. He received a second B.A. from Harvard in 1890, and went on to get his Master’s there as well in 1891. He became the first Black to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895. DuBois then began teaching at Atlanta University in 1897, staying there until 1910. In 1905, DuBois helped found the Niagara Movement. This led to his work with the NAACP, where he served as editor for The Crisis from 1910-1934. He then became involved with the Pan-African movement, organizing the first four Pan-African Congresses. He continued to write, penning several important works. In 1961, DuBois joined the Communist Party. He expatriated to Ghana in 1964, where he died the same year.
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1949 - Paul Robeson's scheduled singing appearance at the Lakeland picnic grounds in We

Paul Robeson's scheduled singing appearance at the Lakeland picnic grounds in Westchester County, NY is disrupted by a riot instigated and provoked by whites angry at Robeson's political stands.
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