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  1.  The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the first large-scale U.S demonstration against segregation. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ arrest, 15 year old Claudia Colvin was arrested for the same offence; however, she was deemed an inappropriate symbol for the movement due to the fact that she was pregnant. They boycott lasted from December 5, 1955 – December 20, 1956 when the court ruling Browder v. Gayle took effect, ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional.
  2. Ethiopia’s 14th-century royal epic, the Kebra Nagast or “Glory of Kings,” writes that Makeda was a queen of incredible strength. According to the epic, she survived a battle with the serpent king Awre. The serpent king was troubling the northern Ethiopian kingdom of Axum. After defeating the serpent king, Makeda became the queen of Axum. Makeda is famous for her story with the biblical figure, King Solomon of Jerusalem. They had a son named Menelik I (or Ebna la-Hakim), meaning “son of the wise.” Their son became the first imperial ruler of Ethiopia and the first of a line of Aksûmite kings. According to historians, Makeda and her son brought back the biblical Ark of the Covenant to Axum. Through them, the lineage of great East African and Nubian kings was born. She left a legacy as an essential figure in Old Testament history for the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.”
  3. Abram Petrovich Gannibal was a Russian military engineer, general and nobleman – kidnapped from (possibly) Cameroon as child and presented to Peter The Great as a gift. His contributions to European society have been honoured and he is the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, who is noted as the founding father of the modern Russian language.
  4. Yasuke was an African samurai who served in the court of Japanese feudal lord Oda Nobunaga, arriving first in India with a Jesuit missionary group. He is thought to have come from Mozambique.
  5. Aesop, who’s fables have lived from the time of Ancient Greece until this day, is generally believed to have originally been from Ethiopia.
  6. There are claims that the Olmecs, a Mesoamerican civilization pre-dating the Mayans and Aztecs, were of African origin. These claims are made by similar writing styles, studies of the skeletal remains and the facial features of the statues made by these ancient people.
  7. The Negritos, or “Little Black People”, were considered to be the first inhabitants of Southeast Asia. They include the Andamanese peoples, the Semang and Batek peoples, the Maniq people, the Aeti and the Ati as well as 30 other officially recognized groups.
  8. The Siddi, descended from the Bantu region of East Africa, inhabit India and Pakistan.
  9. According to Nashid Al-Amin, “a wide range of Black groups, such as the Scythic peoples, the Danes, the Celts and the Skjoldungs inhabited and ruled much of Northern and Western Europe, and built megalithic structures which are reportedly still standing more than 1,000 years later.
  10. William “Billy” Blue was born in either Jamaica, New or York or Jamaica, West Indies. He claimed to have served in the British Army and was convicted of stealing raw sugar in October 1976, and offense which eventually saw him serving out the latter part of his seven years’ conviction in Australia. After, he became a ferry boatman and a water bailiff, and he has been honoured with various monuments in Sydney; a play is also being currently written in his honour.
  11. A 2009 published essay from the“Light Words from the Dark Continent; A Collection of Essays,” by Nibs Ra and Manu Amun, offers insight to early Chinese civilizations.  It states that the first documented governance in China was headed by the Shang or Chiang dynasty in 1500-1000 B.C. King T’ang or Ta, founder of the Shang dynasty, was of African descent.  The Shang were also called Nakhi, which literally means “Black” (Na) and “Man” (khi). King T’ang and the Shang dynasty were responsible for unifying China to form their first civilization.
  12. Early in the 16th century, Catherine of Aragon likely brought servants from Africa among her retinue when she travelled to England to marry Henry VIII. A black musician is among the six trumpeters depicted in the royal retinue of Henry VIII in the Westminster Tournament Roll, an illuminated manuscript dating from 1511. He wears the royal livery and is mounted on horseback. The man is generally identified as the “John Blanke, the blacke trumpeter,” who is listed in the payment accounts of both Henry VIII and his father, Henry VII. A group of Africans at the court of James IV of Scotland, included Ellen More and a drummer referred to as the “More Taubronar”. Both he and John Blanke were paid wages for their services.”

 

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