I just spoke with William Hampton, President of the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP and found out that there was a "Rosa Parks" a whole decade before the famous boycott scene. #history #unitedstates #africanamerican
John Mercer Langston, African American abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist and politician. The first Dean of the Law school at Howard University, the first president of Virginia State University, and Virginia's first African American congressman
Langston, John Mercer (1829-1897) In 1868 Langston moved to Washington, D.C. to help establish the nation’s first law school at Howard University. He became its first dean and served briefly as acting president of Howard in 1872. In 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed Langston U.S. minister to Haiti. He returned to the U.S. in 1885 and became president of Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University).
Mildred & Richard Loving were arrested for breaking Virginia's law against interracial marriage. Their landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. It's neat how their name was Loving and how they advocated love and marriage between the races.
In West Virginia, archaeologists have recovered evidence of the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, which pitted more than 10,000 union coal miners against thousands of law enforcement officers and coal company guards and remains the country’s largest civil conflict besides the Civil War. This .32-caliber revolver was likely used by one of the striking miners