Black History

#BlackHistoryFacts for August 28: Emmitt Till kidnapped and murdered, Dr. King speech and more…

On August 28, this is what happened in black history…

1833: Slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom. Known as The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, received royal assent (or sanction, meaning the monarch formally approves an act by the country’s parliament). The act was later repealed in 1998 for rationalization of English statute law but anti-slavery laws remain in place.

1955: 14-year old Chicago resident Emmitt Till was kidnapped and brutally murdered while visiting family in Mississippi. He was killed for making a pass at a white woman. As a result, Till was brutally murdered. The men responsible for the crime were kin to the white woman. They were originally acquitted of the crime. Till’s death occurred at the beginning stages of the Civil Rights Movement, after Brown v. Board of Education (1954) was decided.

1963: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. His speech was delivered during the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. Dr. King called for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.

2008: (pictured) Barack Obama, then-U.S. Senator from Illinois, accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. The event took place in Denver, Colorado. He was the first black person in U.S. history to accept his party’s nomination. Obama went on to make history when he was elected president of the United States, the first-ever black president in the country’s history.

Source: August 28 – important date in black history

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