This day in 1868, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. This was the beginning of long journey to equal rights and opportunity for all people born in this country including blacks.
This day in tensions between law enforcement and Newark, NJ residents escalated after a cab driver, John Smith, was arrested and assaulted by police. The Newark Rebellion ended with 26 people killed, 750 injured and more than jailed.
The Drop The Mic Poetry Slam entry deadline has been EXTENDED to Mon., Aug. 1. We understand artists are competing this season in regional & national poetry slams & have conflicts with the original deadline. We want to give everyone a chance to enter their best, all-original work. Now there are no excuses to submit your video entry on the topic social justice to see if you have what it takes to win the the title & the $1,000 grand prize. Enter at http://civilrightsmuseum.org/dropthemic/ .
Entering the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam by Aug.1? For inspiration, here is a poem “Justice” by poet Langston Hughes. How deep can you go? #NCRMDropTheMic #AndJusticeForAll That Justice is a blind goddess Is a thing to which we black are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes. ENTER today at http://civilrightsmuseum.org/dropthemic/.
The Afro-American Council (AAC) was established in Rochester, New York, in September 1898 by newspaper editor T. Thomas Fortune and Bishop Alexander Walters of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
King led a protest rally in front of the Alabama Capitol after the state of Alabama wrongfully executes Jeremiah Reeves, accused of raping a white woman when he was 16 years old. King’s first protest upon moving to Alabama.
This day in Vonetta Flowers from Birmingham, AL became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. Alongside her partner, Jill Brakken, Flowers won the inaugural women's two-person bobsled event at the Olympics.
This day in Willie Earle was seized from Pickens County Jail by a mob of white men, brutally beaten, shot, and killed. Earle was arrested after being circumstantially accused of the robbery and assault of a white man. His death cast nati