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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
1895 New Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)Events
1964 Chicago Riots (August 1964)Events
1964 Paterson, New Jersey Uprising (1964)Events
1966 Chicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)Events
2016 Milwaukee RiotEvents
Andry’s Rebellion (1811)Events
Asbury Park Race Riot (1970)Events
Atlanta Race Riot of 1906Events
Attica Prison Riot (1971)Events
Baltimore Protests and Riots, 2015Events
Baton Rouge Bus Boycott (1953)Events
Battle of Lake Okeechobee (1837)Events
Cambridge, Maryland Riot (1963)Events
Camden, New Jersey Riots (1969 and 1971)Events
Charleston, S.C. Riot (1919)Events
Charlotte Riot of 2016Events
Chicago Freedom Movement (1965–1967)Events
Christiana Riot of 1851Events
Cincinnati Riots of 1829Events
Cleveland’s Hough Riots of 1966Events
Combahee River Raid (June 2, 1863)Events
Crown Heights (Brooklyn) New York Riot, 1991Events
Detroit Race Riot (1863)Events
Detroit Race Riot (1943)Events
Detroit Race Riot (1967)Events
East St. Louis Race Riot, 1917Events
Elaine, Arkansas Riot (1919)Events
Elizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)Events
Emancipation Proclamation (1863)Events
Ferguson Riot and Ferguson Unrest (2014-2015)Events
First EmancipationEvents
Flint, Michigan Riot (1967)Events
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
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