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The Ocoee Massacre of 1920: A Tragedy Born of a Black Man’s Quest to Vote

The Ocoee massacre of 1920 was a violent attack on the African American community in Ocoee, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 to 60 black Americans.

François Mackandal, the Haitian Leader Who Was Burned Alive in 1758 for Rebelling Against French Colonial Authorities

François Mackandal was a Haitian Maroon leader who was apprehended and burned alive by French colonial authorities for collaborating with Maroons to murder slave owners in Saint Domingue.

King Sobhuza II, the Longest-reigning Monarch Ever in Recorded History (1899-1982)

Swaziland King Sobhuza II, KBE is the longest-reigning monarch, having served as monarch for 82 years and 254 days.

Top 10 Longest Serving Presidents in Africa, 2023

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa and the world. He is closely followed by Cameroons President Paul Biya.

Ndaté Yalla Mbodj: the Senegalese Queen Who Led the Resistance Against French Colonial Forces in 1855

Ndaté Yalla Mbodj was the last great Lingeer (Queen) of Waalo (present day Senegal) who fought against the French colonialist army led by General Louis Faidherbe in 1855.

FESTIMA – Burkina Faso’s Festival of African Masks

Burkina Faso’s International Festival of Masks and the Arts is the biggest festival of its kind dedicated to celebrating the culture of the traditional African mask.

Akan Drum, the Oldest African Object in the British Museum

Fashioned in Ghana in the 1700's, the Akan Drum is one of the oldest surviving African object in the British Museum.

Abushiri, the East African Slave Trader Who Was Hanged for Fighting Against German Colonialism

Abushiri, was a wealthy merchant and slave-owning plantation owner who is known for Revolting against the German East Africa Company in present-day Tanzania.

Operation Anvil: the British Military Operation That Imprisoned and Tortured Kenyans During the Mau Mau Uprising

Operation Anvil was a British military operation during the Mau Mau Uprising where British troops rounded up over 20,000 suspected Mau Mau rebels.

Nat Turner, the Preacher Who Led a Slave Rebellion in Virginia in 1831

Nat Turner was an enslaved African-American preacher who led a rebellion of enslaved and free Black people in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.

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History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West

During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.
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