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Online Encyclopedia: African American History, Events

The following are short descriptions of individuals, places and events which have contributed to the shaping of African American history. These encyclopedia entries serve as a starting point for much more inclusive descriptions and discussions that appear in other sources. For additional information please consult the print or website sources cited in the entry.



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Entry Titlesort iconEntry Type
Andry’s Rebellion (1811)Events
Atlanta Race Riot of 1906Events
Attica Prison Riot (1971)Events
Battle of Lake Okeechobee (1837)Events
Charleston, S.C. Riot (1919)Events
Chicago Freedom Movement (1965–1967)Events
Christiana Riot of 1851Events
Combahee River Raid (June 2, 1863)Events
Detroit Race Riot (1943)Events
Detroit Race Riot (1967)Events
East St. Louis Race Riot: July 2, 1917Events
Elaine, Arkansas Riot (1919)Events
Emancipation Proclamation (1863)Events
First EmancipationEvents
Fort Pillow Massacre (1864)Events
Freedom Rides (1961)Events
Freedom Summer (1964)Events
Gong Lum v. Rice (1927)Events
Greensboro Massacre (1979)Events
Greensboro Sit-Ins (1960)Events
Harpers Ferry Raid, 1859Events
Howard Beach Incident (1986)Events
Hurricane Katrina (2005)Events
January 1, 1863: When New Year's Day Meant Freedom Events
Jordan Hatcher Case (1852)Events
Leonard “Kip” Rhinelander Trial (1925)Events
Little Rock Crisis, 1957Events
Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation (1775)Events
Louisiana Purchase and African Americans (1803)Events
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963)Events
March on Washington Movement (1941–1947)Events
Margaret Garner Incident (1856)Events
Memphis Riot, 1866Events
Miami (Liberty City) Riot, 1980Events
Million Woman March, 1997Events
Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56)Events
Nashville Sit-Ins (1960) Events
Nashville’s Streetcar Boycott (1905–1907)Events
New Orleans Massacre (1866)Events
New York City Slave Uprising (1712)Events
New York Slave Conspiracy (1741)Events
Newark Riot (1967)Events
Niagara Movement (1905-1909)Events
Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (1858)Events
Opelousas Massacre (1868)Events
Orangeburg Massacre (1968)Events
Pennsylvania Hall Fire (1838)Events
Poor People's Campaign (December 4, 1967 – June 19, 1968)Events
Port Royal Experiment (1862-1865)Events
Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project, St. Louis, Missouri (1956–1976)Events
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