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March 16: This Day in African-American History


Samoset, about to say the wrong thing

1621: Samoset, a Mohegan Indian, arrives at the Plymouth Colony with a message to the Pilgrims that he thinks says “Welcome, my name is Samoset.” But tragically, his prankster friend, Leroy, had actually taught him to say “Please tell your countrymen back home to come steal our land and wipe us out.”


1802: After battling the French, the Spanish and the British in a long, bloody war that wins independence for Haiti and ends slavery—but then being betrayed by a French officer who has him and his family deported to France where he is interrogated endlessly for a year, Toussaint Louverture, just 23 days before his death, coins the phrase “You can’t trust Whitey.”

1958-ford-thunderbird-convertible-3A ’58 Ford Thunderbird

1958: The Ford Motor Co. produces its 50 millionth vehicle, a Thunderbird, fooling Detroiters into thinking it would always be a great place to work.

teeth-flavor-flav-400a071807Go Flava!

1959: William Drayton Jr. is born. As Flava Flav he helped create both the seminal rap group, Public Enemy, which preached black pride. Away from the group, he has done everything in his power to tear that feeling down.

krush_groovemoSheila E., The Fat Boys, Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow starred

1985: Director Michael Shultz finishes principle shooting on Krush Groove. Despite having also helmed Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, The Last Dragon, Carbon Copy and the sequel to The Jerk, the director somehow keeps getting work.

–Xavier Muhammad

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4 thoughts on “March 16: This Day in African-American History

  1. interesting similarities between grills of the car and Flav

    Posted by Davis | March 16, 2009, 7:42 am
  2. OMG – I heard a more accurate interpretation of Toussaint Louverture’s expression was “you can’t trust the white bread of France” because it was so puffed up, difficult to work with, and lacked substance. Well, this certainly clarifies some history.

    Posted by Renee | March 16, 2009, 8:45 am
  3. Haha, thanks for including the Haitians in this one!

    Posted by LaBoss | March 16, 2009, 3:02 pm
  4. Too bad Samoset didn’t come with antibiotics as the europeans gave the Mohegans double outbreaks of Smallpox, along with measles, diptheria, and influenza which decimated the native population.

    Posted by Daymon The Basketeere | March 21, 2009, 11:36 pm

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