Black History Facts for Today by Yenoba.com

August 12
The Mississippi Constitutional Convention started the trend to systematically exclude black political participation in the South on this date in 1890. Literacy tests were among the devices states used to accomplish this plan.

Madame Lillian Evanti, internationally famed opera singer, was born in Washington, DC, on this date in 1891. Evanti founded the National Negro Opera Company in 1941.

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