*The seventh and final day of Kwanzaa, “Imani” (faith), is observed.
*1804: Jean Jacques Dessalines proclaimed independence of Haiti.
*1808: International Slave Trade was abolished.
*1831: First issue of the Liberator, an abolitionist newspaper, was published by William Lloyd Garrison.
*1863: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; freed all slaves in slave states.
*1916: First issue of the Journal of Negro History was published by Carter G. Woodson.
*1997: Kofi Annan of Ghana named first Black secretary of United Nations.
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