Today in “Hidden” History

Today in “Hidden” History is a daily listing of important but little-known events illustrating the range of innovators, contributors, or incidents excluded from formal history lessons or common knowledge. Hidden history is intended not as an exhaustive review, but merely as an illustration of how popular narratives "hide" many matters of fundamental importance. Bookmark this page and check daily to quickly expand your knowledge. Suggest entries for Today in “Hidden” History by clicking the Contact Us link. Entries for April 22:

1526The first revolt of enslaved Africans in what is now the United States occurs in what is now South Carolina or Georgia. Although 1619 marks the start of continuous enslavement of Africans on the land of the present-day United States, the first attempt to enslave Africans within this land occurred 93 years earlier when Spanish explorers brought 100 slaves with them to the doomed settlement settlement of San Miguel de Gualdape (also referred to as "Tiera De Ayllon" or the "Land of Ayllon") in what is now South Carolina or Georgia. Within weeks of their arrival, those enslaved Africans revolted. Then they vanished. Thus the first enslaved Africans in America were also the first to revolt, initiating a pattern for numerous and regular revolts by enslaved Africans in America over the next 3 1/2 centuries, wholly contrary to the white supremacist narrative that Africans were only suited for chattel servitude and incapable of freedom. Learn more.
1987In an ignoble decision that remains the law of the land in the United States today and that should go down in history as morally akin to the Dred Scott Decision, the US Supreme Court rules 5-4 in McClesky v. Kemp that proven racial disparities are "an inevitable part of our criminal justice system" and NOT grounds for rejecting a conviction or death sentence, unless it can be shown that the demonstrated and proven bias is also proven to have occurred intentionally. In dissent, Justice William Brennan wrote that the majority was motivated to deny relief by a "fear of too much justice." In dissent, Justice William Brennan wrote that the majority was motivated to deny relief by a "fear of too much justice." The U.S. has executed more than 1,200 people since 1987, including Warren McCleskey (the petitioner) who died in the electric chair on September 26, 1991. Learn more.

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Author Talk w/ Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster

May 24, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EDT

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Todd Brewster and Marc Lamont Hill talk about their new book, Seen and Unseen: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial JusticeMr. Hill will be joining by Zoom and Mr. Brewster will be in person. read more

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