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Today in black history: Andrew Johnson impeached

On Feb. 24, 1868 the House voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States.

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Today in black history: Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass born

He became a leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery in 1838, and went on to become an excellent lecturer and writer.

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Today in labor history: first legal protest by slaves in New York

On this date in 1644 the first "legal" protest by Africans in America occurred.

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Today in black history: Medgar Evers’ killer convicted

White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred.

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Today in black history: Ali becomes heavyweight champion of the world

An activist, showman, and cultural icon, Ali was stripped of his title a few years later for refusing to fight in Vietnam.

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Today in labor history: First Black reporter covers White House

Harry S. McAlpin made history when he became the first African American journalist admitted to a White House press conference.

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Today in labor history: Bob Marley, champion of the oppressed, is born

Bob Marley, who introduced reggae to the world and gave voice to the passion of oppressed people, was born 68 years ago in the Jamaican village of Nine Mile.

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