April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. On the anniversary of MLK's assassination, we revisit Harry Groskinsky's grim, riveting images taken at the Lorraine Motel the day he died. See more here: http://ti.me/H8L1LU (Henry Groskinsky—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
October 16, 1859: Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men in an attack on the Harpers Ferry armory. The raid to seize the weapons failed and Brown was captured, tried, and hung. At his trial, Brown said: "Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood...with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!"
The Opelousas Massacre of Louisiana (1868), The Seymour Knights (a white supremacist group) led by Judge James Dickenson killed between 150 to 300 Black-American residents of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana for trying to join the democratic party and exercise their voting rights. Among them were twelve leaders of the Black Republicans were seized and lynched.
The Scottsboro Boys: The case that helped spur the modern civil rights movement