The State of Black America
The State of Black America
  • 3 Million years ago – Modern human species lived in Africa
  • 97,985 BCE (100,000 years ago) modern humans began to migrate out of Africa
  • 47,985 BCE (50,000 years ago) modern humans began living in Australia
  • 45,000 BCE (47,015 years ago) modern humans began living in Europe
  • 40,985 BCE (43,000 years ago) Africans smelted iron at Lion Cave in Swaziland
  • 37,985 BCE (40,000 years ago) modern humans began living in China
  • 36,985 BCE (39,000 years ago) Neanderthals became extinct, leaving a DNA trace in most non-Africans
  • 14,000 BCE (16,015 years ago) Africans domesticated animals
  • 10,000 BCE (12,015 years ago) Africans began using the Stellar calendar
  • 3,000 BCE (5,015 years ago) Africans created papyrus to use for writing
  • 2589 BCE (4,604 years ago) Pyramids at Giza began construction
  • 1,897 BCE (3,912 years ago) Egyptian King Senwosret colonized Greece and founded Athens
  • 1,675 BCE (3,690 years ago) The first non- Africans, whom the Egyptians called Hyksos, invaded Egypt
  • 1,500 BCE (3,515 years ago) ancient Africans wrote prescription for birth control
  • 690 BCE ( 2,750 years ago) Nubian general Taharka led a force into Spain
  • 675 BCE (2,690 years ago) The first European book, the Illiad was written in Greece
  • 202 BCE (2,217 years ago) African general Hannibal defeated Rome
  • 46 BCE (2,061 years ago) Julius Caesar reformed the calendar to the Julian Calendar
  • 196 (1,819 years ago) Rosetta Stone was in use, written in 3 different languages
  • 322 (1,693 years ago) Nicene Conference occurred, where Emperor Constantinee and a group of bishops formed the basis of Christian ideology
  • 650 (1,365 years ago) Arabs began African enslavement
  • 711 (1,304 years ago) Islamic Africans (Moors) invaded and ruled Spain
  • 1342 (673 years ago) Mansa Abubakari II, along with 2,000 of his ships sailed from West Africa to America
  • 1492 (523 years ago) Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand married and expelled all non-whites (including Jews)
  • 1455 (560 years ago) The Pope gave his blessings to Spain and Portugal to enter the slave trade, stating to “reduce all infidels into servitude”
  • 1482 (533 years ago) The great Elmina Slave Castle was built to hold Africans captive while awaiting enslavement
  • 1787 (228 years ago) Enslaved persons were considered 3/5th of a person for southern taxation purposes
  • 1639 (376 years ago) Slave codes gave slave holders absolute power over the enslaved
  • 1804 (211 years ago) Haiti defeated their French slaveholders and won their independence
  • 1807 (208 years ago) Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo Act drove newly free, Haiti into economic depression
  • 1812 (203 years ago) The War of 1812 fought between young America and England over its slave ship competition
  • 1814 (201 years ago) Thomas Jefferson searched for areas outside of America to colonize free Africans. Eventually Liberia was established
  • 1850 (165 years ago) Fugitive Slave Act enacted the police and other vigilante Whites to hunt down escaped, enslaved Africans
  • 1861 (154 years ago) American Civil War began because Southern states didn’t agree with slave taxation
  • 1862 (153 years ago) The Homestead Act promised European immigrants 160 acres of free land if they remained in America for at least 5 years
  • 1863 (152 years ago) Lincoln allowed Africans to join the Union because they were losing the civil war
  • 1865 (150 years ago) Black codes restricted African Americans from voting, owning property, conducting business, moving freely, etc.
  • 1884 (131 years ago) All European countries met at the Berlin Conference and agreed how to exploit Africa for gold, land, rubber, iron, ivory, diamonds, people and other resources
  • 1886 (129 years ago) Cecil Rhodes slaughtered more than 5,000 Africans in Zimbabwe in search of gold. He eventually slaughtered thousands more with his DeBeers blood diamond cartel and monopoly
  • 1890 (125 years ago) King Leopold of Belgium colonized the Congo for rubber, eventually slaughtering over 10 million Africans and cutting off many of their hands
  • 1890 (125 years ago) Jim Crow laws racially segregated Blacks unequally and more unjust from Whites
  • 1890 (125 years ago) Wave of lynchings began. An estimated 5,000 African Americans would be lynched
  • 1914 (101 years ago) Marcus Garvey established Black nationalist organization, UNIA
  • 1918 (97 years ago) WWI ended, which sparked massive riots and murders against African Americans, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths
  • 1939 (76 years ago) Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger started the Negro Project program to decrease the birth rate of Black children
  • 1951 (64 years ago) Henrietta Lacks cells were stolen and used to develop the polio vaccine, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization without her knowledge or any compensation
  • 1956 (59 years ago) J. Edgar Hoover began COINTELPRO to destroy any and all Black groups and organizations
  • 1961 (54 years ago) Patrice Lumumba, prime minister of Congo, was assassinated
  • 1964 (51 years ago) LBJ’s War on Poverty started the welfare system which penalized marriage. This significantly affected Black families
  • 1963 (52 years ago) NAACP field secretary, Medgar Evers was assassinated
  • 1965 (50 years ago) Malcolm X was assassinated
  • 1966 (49 years ago) The Black Panther Party organized to protect Black citizens from police abuse
  • 1968 (47 years ago) Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated
  • 1972 (43 years ago) Nixon created ODALE to wage a street level attack on low-income Black neighborhoods
  • 1980 (35 years ago) CIA affiliated drug cartel, began funneling cocaine into poor Black neighborhoods
  • 1983 (32 years ago) Corrections Corporations of America incorporated and would become one of the largest for-profit prison companies
  • 1994 (21 years ago) Bill Clinton and Joe Biden’s Omnibus Crime Bill increased the incarceration rate of Black communities members
  • 2011 (4 years ago) EMI Music was sold leaving only 3 major music companies controlling 90% of the music market. Universal Music Group controls most of hip-hop/rap
  • 2012 (3 years ago) The FCC ruled in favor of big media conglomerates resulting in 6 companies controlling 90% of all American media
  • 2013 (2 years ago) Roberts Broadcasting filed bankruptcy, which was the last African American full powered television station
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