For centuries people of color have been enslaved, mistreated, and brutally murdered. Enough is enough!

It is time for ALL people of color to RISE up and inform ourselves. Let your voices be heard because each one of those voices has a world of value. Now more than ever we are in need of help and support from our brothers and sisters across the globe.  

The fight for liberation will be won with information.

- Lexter Santana

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1492

Christopher Columbus made his first voyage to the New World. He established an empire for plantation slavery.

1494

The first Africans arrive in Hispaniola with Christopher Columbus. They are free persons.

1501

The Spanish king allows the introduction of enslaved Africans into Spain's American colonies.

1518

King Charles I of Spain grants the first licenses to import enslaved Africans to the Americas.

1619

Approximately 20 blacks from a Dutch slaver are purchased as indentured workers for the English settlement of Jamestown. These are the first Africans in the English North American colonies.

1700

The publication of Samuel Sewall's, The Selling of Joseph, is considered the first major condemnation of slavery in print in British North America.

1800

On August 30, Gabriel Prosser attempts a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia. The United States Congress rejects 85 to 1 an antislavery petition offered by free Philadelphia African Americans. Census of 1800, U.S. Population: 5,308,483, Black Population: 1,002,037 (18.9%) including 108,435 free African Americans.

1861-1865

The Civil War. Approximately 200,000 blacks (most are newly escaped/freed slaves) serve in Union armed forces and over 20,000 are killed in combat. 

1865

With the approval of the Georgia Legislature on December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment took effect and outlawed slavery throughout the United States and its possessions.

1900

Census of 1900, U.S. population: 75,994,575, Black population: 8,833,994 (11.6 percent) The New Orleans Race Riot (also known as the Robert Charles Riot) erupts on July 23 and lasts four days. Twelve African Americans and seven whites were killed. 

An estimated 30,000 black teachers have been trained since the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. They are a major factor in helping more than half the black population achieve literacy by this date.

1957

Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first legislation protecting black rights since Reconstruction. The act establishes the Civil Rights section of the Justice Department and empowers federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote. It also creates the federal Civil Rights Commission with the authority to investigate discriminatory conditions and recommend corrective measures. In September President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to ensure the enforcement of a Federal court order to desegregate Central High School and to protect nine African American students enrolled as part of the order. The troops remain at the high school until the end of the school year.

2004

On November 2, State Senator Barack Obama is elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois.  He becomes the second African American elected to the Senate from that state and only the fifth black senator in U.S. history.

2008

On November 4, Barack Obama of Illinois, the only sitting African American U.S. Senator, is elected President of the United States.  Obama wins the election decisively and becomes the first African American elected to this office. 

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