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MSWATI III, KING OF SWAZILAND

On this day April 25th, 1986, 18 year old Prince Machosetive became then, the youngest king in an African country.

Ruling since, King Mswati iii recently has change the country’s name to “The Country of Eswatini”

As head of the Swazi royal family he rules with his Qween Mother Ntombi Tfwala in an absolut monach meaning although he is King, nothing moves without Moms council.

 

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UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND

On this day April 24, 1944 activist William Trent, Tuskegee institute president Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McCloud Bethune founded the United Negro College Fund to support HBCUs and underprivileged Black students. Trent himself started out by raising $78M to make Historically Black colleges and universities strong learning institutions.  They would incorporate a day later.

Today the UNCF is the nations largest and most effective minority education  organization. 10,000 scholarships are awarded each year totalling over $100M and $25M was raised for Emergency Student Aid.

As their slogan says “A mind is a terrible thing to waste!”

SOURCES: Wikipedia & uncf.org

 

 

GRANVILLE T. WOODS

On this day, April 23 1856, American Inventor Granville Tailer Woods was born. Self taught since the age of 10, Woods held some 50 patents and was the 1st person of African decent in the Americas to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War.

Among his inventions are the overhead electric conducting lines and the tunnels for underground subways and the “Telegraphony” a device combining the telegraph and telephone, essentially tech used to inspire voicemails & answering machines.

EBENEZER BASSETT

Ebenezer Don Carlo Bassett was the 1st African American Minister (Ambassador) to Haiti from 1869- 1877.

After the American Civil War alot of Black leaders were rising up in ranks in all business, agriculture, and government. During his career he served during one of the most dangerous times in Haitian history as coup de etats and civil war ravaged the country.  It took America years to realize the significant economic usage of Haiti’s shipping lanes due to its unwillingness to work with the “Black Republic” since its Independence from France in 1804.

The Educator, Abolitionist, and Civil Rights Activist oversaw cases of commercial claims, diplomatic immunity, and aid to citizens affected by hurricanes and tropical dieseses.

He became an international hero during the “Canal Crisis” where he used his diplomatic immunity allowing his home to be a sanctuary for Port a Prince senator Pierre Boisrond Canel who was part of the coup that ousted former president Sylvain Salnave.

Canel was seen as a potential threat by new government president Michel Dominque.  Eventually Canel would later join Dominique’s regime and later become 1st president of the provisional government of Haiti serving at least 3 times.

 

Source: Wikipedia

 

HAILE SALASSIE

On this day April 3rd, 1930 Ras Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael would become Negus (King) or Emperor of Ethiopia. He would finally defeat the Italian army driving them out the country. Also He would later grace the cover of TIME magazine and inspire the “Rastafarian Movement” as he is seen as the second coming of Christ being the only modern King with a bloodline connecting him to Solomon.

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