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Just over 50 years ago, a rock shattered the picture window of a light-brick house in Little Rock, Ark. A note was tied to it that read: “Stone this time. Dynamite next.” The house belonged to Daisy Lee Gatson Bates and L.C. Bates. The couple led efforts to end segregation in Arkansas—on buses, in libraries and in the public schools.

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A Forgotten Heroine: Civil rights activist Daisy Bates fought to dismantle Arkansas’ segregation laws.

Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine In 1958, LIFE's Paul Schutzer photographed activist Daisy Bates (fourth from left) as she posed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the Little Rock Nine. Standing tall and proud in front of the highest court in the land, these civil rights pioneers assert their identities as Americans worthy of all every protection under the law.

Claudette Colvin. Another unsung Pioneer in Civil Rights, refusing to give up from her seat on a segregated bus 9 months before Rosa Parks would do so. Only 15 years old, she was was arrested. Her case, part of Browder v. Gayle went all the way to the US Supreme Court that declared in 1956 that segregation on Public Transportation was unconstitutional. Her low profile and arrest made it difficult for her gain employment. Again she was only 15 years old. Children can be so brave where we…

THE AMERICANS: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT, Shoemaker Inside the Glass Window in Harvard Square by Bimal Nepal

Major historical WTF ... This was in Popular Science Monthly circa 1923. Thanks to an English invention, babies are given fresh air in metal cages which are designed to attach to the outside windows of the building in which you live, with (only) the help of two iron poles. ~~~ Gee, wonder why this practice didn't keep? Yikes!

Rosa Parks- "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

While most people remember Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, they forget that the Montgomery Bus Boycott succeeded because of the participation of tens of thousands of ordinary people. These women and men risked their lives and jobs to keep the boycott alive. Many, like this woman, walked instead of riding the segregated buses.

Malcom X holding a M1 Carbine and peering behind a curtain in response to death threats against him and his family 1964 his paranoia was for good reason.

Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous bus boycott, Colvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. Civil rights leaders didn't publicize her story because she became an unwed mother.

chalice, mid 15th cen, a little early.. but apropriate I think, and I have some small silver plated goblets, that I might be able to use as a base and do the enamel on it, and make a small matching set sort of like period shot glasses.

A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.

In 1966 MLK Jr. & his supporters marched in a white ethnic enclave on Chicago's SW side to protest housing segregation practices when someone threw a stone & hit the civil rights leader in the head. Approximately 30 others were injured as well. King later explained why he put himself at risk: "I have to do this--to expose myself--to bring this hate into the open." [click on this image to find a short video and analysis on institutional discrimination and redlining]