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Trayvon Martin's lawyers wearing hoodies

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American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

Richard Theodore Greener was the first black man to graduate from Harvard 1870

More than 3.5 million slaves were imported captured, enslaved and transported against their will to Brazil during the slavery era, more than to any colony in the Americas. Although the slave trade had been officially outlawed in Brazil in 1831, tens of thousands of slaves continued to be imported kidnapped over the next 50 years.On May 13, 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil.

Joyce Bryant, "The Lost Diva"