November 7: An Important Date in African-American History

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 From the Series Lil’ History Chips

On November 7, 1775, in an announcement known as “Dunmore’s Proclamation,” the first movement to free African-Americans from slavery (also known as “emancipation”) took place when the Royal Governor of Virginia offered freedom to any slave willing to fight for the British against the Colonies in the American Revolution.  Between 800 and 2,000 black slaves accepted the offer, inciting rage and fear among Virginia’s slave holders.  Over the course of the Revolution, an estimated 100,000 slaves tried to take advantage of similar British offers, and at least 3,000 of them were sent to Nova Scotia as freemen.

Dunmore's Proclamation

Dunmore’s Proclamation

Significant political milestones in African-American history were also reached on November 7, with Douglas Wilder becoming the first black U.S. governor as he was voted into office in Virginia and David Dinkens becoming the first black mayor of New York City!  Both in 1989.  History and Headlines Facts: Dinkins had served in the U.S. Marine Corps after initially being denied entry because the Marines had already reached their “racial quota.”  His main accomplishment during his one term as mayor was drastically reducing crime in the Big Apple.

David Dinkins - Former Marine  and former Mayor of New York City

David Dinkins – Former Marine
and former Mayor of New York City

Unfortunately, on November 7, 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced he was HIV positive and retired from NBA basketball.  Johnson allegedly had thousands of sexual partners, with an annual average of 300 to 500.  He saw so much action off court that he allegedly got sores on his penile shaft!

Magic Johnson  and U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Magic Johnson
and U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

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Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.