August 28 is a date that will forever be important for Black Americans. Here’s are some snapshots of the seminal stories that give significance to this date.

Slavery Abolished In The U.K. – 1833

The Slavery Abolition Act was approved by Parliament on this day in 1833. The act abolished slavery in most British colonies, and freed more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa, as well as a small number in Canada.


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Aug 28, 1833: Slavery is abolished in the U.K. This is said to contribute to the abolition of slavery in the United States #August28

The Lynching Of Emmett Till – 1955

Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, was abducted by two white men and brutally murdered while visiting family in Mississippi in 1955. The young man’s life was taken by the husband of Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who said the teen made advances toward her in a grocery store. Years later, in 2017, Bryant admitted to lying in her testimony about Till.

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Philip Lewis
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63 years ago on this date, 14-year-old Emmett Till was abducted by two white men in Mississippi and brutally murdered.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech – 1963

Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom to a crowd of thousands in 1963. “But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt,” King told the people in his address. “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

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NAACP
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#OTD Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech Aug 28, 1963 at the March on Washington, in which NAACP teamed with civil rights partners to gather 250k participants. See entire text of King’s speech, more: https://www.naacp.org/i-have-a-dream-speech-full-march-on-washington/ … | #Turnout18

Barack Obama Wins Democratic Nomination For President – 2008

Obama gave his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado on this date in 2008. “This moment, this moment, this election is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive,” Obama said.

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NBCDI
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Why is #GivingBlackDay on 8/28? #DYK on 8/28/2008: Then-Sen. @BarackObama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the 1st Black man to win the nomination & bid for the presidency. Support @NBCDI on 8/28/2018 at https://bit.ly/2Mk0T7N .

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