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Well before the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Louis Austin of Durham was a determined black man. In the early 1930's, Austin sat in the whites-only section of the segregated Carolina Theater. After a concert, Austin bragged in public that “white people would never force him to sit in the buzzard roost ...
In New Orleans, a new section of Press Street is being renamed after Homer Plessy, the early Civil Rights activist whose case for riding in a whites-only train car led to the Supreme Court's “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. The New Orleans Civil Rights Movement Tour from Tours by ...

Over the course of several years, the disability rights activist has filed thousands of federal civil rights complaints against school districts and universities across the country — all part of a personal crusade to make websites accessible for people with disabilities. Lipsitt said state education departments, ...
In the early 1980s, McDew became an academic adviser at Metro State and “found a place in the classroom,” Smith said. When colleagues discovered his background, he began teaching classes on civil rights, human relations and black history. A skilled storyteller, his lectures captivated students.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new monument is coming to Kansas City's east side to honor local civil rights activists. County leaders broke ground on the "Monument to Freedom, Justice and Courage" on Wednesday inside the Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park at 31st Street and Benton Boulevard. The monument ...
Eric Vickers, a civil rights attorney and activist who fought for justice for people on both sides of the river, died Friday. He was 65. East St. Louis contractor Bill Mason, who worked with Vickers for 18 years, said, "I've known him since he was a mere lad. His father brought him and his two brothers to my ...

Red Wing was executive director of the LGBT rights organization One Iowa from 2012 to 2016, leaqding the organization through the battle for marriage equality and then into other civil rights arenas. One Iowa's current executive director, Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, said Red Wing was “a force to be reckoned ...
As talks heated up about John Young Parkway expanding into their neighborhood, civil rights activist Rufus Brooks stood against the move with his trademark vigor. Even when his oldest child, Byron Brooks, who at the time was a graduate student studying planning, tried to explain the need for the road in ...
I admired what she accomplished, and this state has lost a great civil rights pioneer. Vel was a kind & good person, she will be missed. It's important that we all continue Vel's legacy in fighting for justice & equality." State Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) said she met Phillips several ...
In Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, it was the first time a group of nonviolent voting-rights activists tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge to march to Montgomery. State troopers on horseback had galloped into a crowd of about 100 marchers, swinging billy clubs, firing tear gas, and knocking over marchers.
Smith and his fellow civil rights activists had been imprisoned for leading a march to the county courthouse. Smith saw McDew a week before his death when some of the SNCC members gathered to create the SNCC Legacy Project. Smith said McDew was his usual self — singing out of tune and sharing ...
Charles “Chuck” McDew, prominent civil rights activist and past chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, died April 3, according to ... He was retired from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minn., where his classes in the history of the civil rights movement, African-American history ...
Washington (CNN) To civil rights activist Heather Booth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination felt like a rupture. ... For activists across the country, it certainly did not signify an end. .... On that front, activists think there is still work to be done -- and there is concern that the cause has been diluted. The Rev ...
On the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's death, a new generation of activists and civil rights leaders is forming and attempting to change the country amid debates on ... Patrisse Cullors, a Los Angeles-based African-American artist and activist, is just one of many attempting to fulfil King's dream.
Michael Luther King, Jr. with his wife Coretta Scott King at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. News-Sun file photo by Howard O. Weber. Jessie Gooding felt like he lost a close friend when he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago today. Gooding, 91, of Dayton, is a local ...
JOHANNESBURG - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's legacy is being remembered in the United States where civil rights activists continue to pay tribute to her. ... They recognise her as a lifelong activist and stalwart advocate against apartheid, adding that she dedicated her life to the same mission the NAACP ...
A civil rights activist, educator and political leader from Mississippi and a Minnesota colleague helping to ensure those activists' place in history will visit ... Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement" at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in the State Farm Lecture Hall, Room S-102, in MTSU's Business and Aerospace Building.

And, like many black clergy members, he is grappling with how to use that power in an activist climate that has drastically shifted in style and substance since the civil rights era. Bishop Blake is one of ... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most famous preacher-activists in history. But more than bowing ...
The son Robstown restaurant operators, Guerra developed into one of the iconic civil rights leaders for a generation of Mexican Americans who wanted to change the world and were willing to march, speak and get involved in politics no matter the cost. Guerra, who went on to become a syndicated and ...
On Tuesday, the group, represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), filed a Title VI Civil Rights complaint with four federal agencies that provide funding to the school district. If the agencies accept the complaint, they might delay the project while they assess the effect it will have on Chamizal.
During the event, Hicks, 83, advocated for peace and justice as she discussed prominent women in the Civil Rights Movement, including Nina Simone, a famous singer and activist; Frances Murphy, an editor of The Afro American; and Ethel Lois Payne, a pioneering African-American journalist known as ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In 1965, Leon Riley was a minister in California. That year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. issued a call for Americans to join him in Selma, Alabama, for a march to Montgomery. Upon hearing the invite, Riley jumped at the chance. “It's one of the most important thing I've ever done, ever ...
The activists hope that the events of the upcoming weekend can have the same kind of impact as the civil-rights-era March on Washington on August 28, 1963. But their nascent ... The actor and activist Harry Belafonte said, “We had to seize this opportunity and make our voices heard. Make those who are ...
NEW ORLEANS -- The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a time when many different groups worked toward a better day. One of ... CORE began in 1942 in Chicago to help steer civil rights. Rudy Lombard, a prominent Civil Rights activist, served as chairman of the New Orleans chapter.
The Forrest County Board of Supervisors approved money to be used in the development of a memorial for civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, Sr. Monday. (Photo source: WDAM.) ...
Forrest County supervisors voted to build a memorial to honor the late civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer, who was killed when his house was firebombed in 1966. He worked to get people in Hattiesburg registered to vote. Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American. vernon dahmer 403 jpg. Vernon Dahmer Sr.
On this day in Alabama history: Civil rights activist James Reeb died James Reeb (1927-1965) was a social worker and Unitarian Universalist minister who was killed by segregationists in Selma in 1965. Reeb's death played a pivotal role in passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Congress.
When Tito Craige, a friend of Morganstern's cousin, Warren Mersereau, heard of Morganstern's death, he felt it couldn't have been an accident. During Morganstern's time in Mississippi, the FBI had foiled a KKK plot to bomb a Jewish businessman's home there; a young civil rights activist from the North was ...
... to the civil rights activist's arrest when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. As for anyone today aspiring to have an impact like Parks or Lewis, Winfrey said she made her donation to ensure that young activists without financial means would still be ...
Mayor Todd Strange announced this week that the city would have a ceremony to honor Colvin and her role in the Civil Rights Movement. Margaret Burch, who was on the bus with Colvin the day of her arrest, spoke at the ceremony. “I was coming from work and she was coming from school and when the ...
About nine months before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on Montgomery bus. She was arrested on March 2, 1955. Because Colvin was just 15 at the time, the NAACP decided that Rosa Parks would be a better model to fight the segregated bus system.
R.I. civil rights activist Clifford Montiero honored at Black History Month Breakfast .... When he and his fellow activists realized there were no black teachers, they traveled to Florida A&M University and persuaded a dozen graduates to move to Providence, where many children had never seen a black ...
Sally Yates Joins Civil Rights Activist in Call for Gun Control, Challenge to Administration. Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and longtime civil rights activist Vernon Jordan Jr. of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld called for serious debate on gun control and urged their audience not to lose ...
John Lewis stood before a room of state and national leaders gathered Saturday at the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The 78-year-old activist reflected on the courageous, determined work of the Mississippi Freedom Riders, who joined forces to fight segregation and empower African-Americans to ...
Eric Vickers, renowned civil rights activist, attorney and former Chief of Staff for State Senator Jamilah Nasheeed, has passed away today (Friday, April 13). “Eric Vickers was a catalyst for change. He was an activist, getting involved in protest and politics at an early age. He knew the world could be a better ...
The civil rights activist was convicted of defrauding the province of a one-penny tax — the difference in tax between a downstairs and upstairs ticket — even though Desmond had asked to pay the difference. She was released after paying a $20 fine and $6 in court costs. She appealed her conviction but ...
A Russian civil rights activist who was put on trial for posting online videos deemed by authorities as "extremist" has received a suspended two-year prison sentence. Moscow's Nagatino District Court on March 7 also barred activist Mark Galperin from running public or nongovernmental organizations for ...
Friend of Cesar Chavez Sees Remnants Of Civil Rights Activist In Today's Protests ... Above: LeRoy Chatfield pictured with Cesar Chavez outside the Tulare County jail in Porterville, Calif., just after Chatfield bailed out the civil rights ... Civil rights activist Cesar Chavez would have turned 91 on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of black civil rights leaders led an act of civil disobedience outside of House Speaker Paul Ryan's office in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, demanding Congress provides a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought illegally into the country without eroding visa ...
Oprah Compares Florida Shooting Survivors To Civil Rights Activists. “It's a proud ... Oprah Winfrey is continuing to rally behind the young survivors of this month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, calling them “warriors of the light” and comparing them to the activists of the civil rights movement.
Members of the bi-partisan congressional delegation are on a commemorative civil rights pilgrimage honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The three-day journey kicked off in Memphis on Friday. Saturday, nearly 30 members of congress were in Montgomery visiting the southern poverty ...
A Civil-Rights Visionary's Collection of Artists of Color ... Peggy Cooper Cafritz, the civil-rights activist, and patron of the arts and education, died last week at the age of 70 in her Washington, D.C., condominium. She had ... Cafritz's home also served as a salon for thinkers, policy-makers, activists, and artists.
Oprah Winfrey has praised survivors of this month's Florida school shooting who have channeled angst into activism for gun control, calling them “warriors of the light” and comparing them to civil rights pioneers. Seventeen people were killed on 14 February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in ...
Just blocks away from where he was arrested more than a half-century ago, Rep. John Lewis stood before a room of state and national leaders gathered Saturday at the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The 78-year-old activist reflected on the courageous, determined work of the Mississippi Freedom ...
Third-grade students at Marion Street Elementary School honored Joseph McNeil, an activist who helped lead nonviolent protests against segregation in Greensboro, N.C. in 1960, with a gold medal as the star of their Civil Rights Olympics on Feb. 16. From Feb. 1 to July 20, 1960, McNeil was one of four ...
As the Civil Rights Movement gained steam, white segregationists continued to make these claims about Freedom Riders, the activists who rode through the South in the early 1960s challenging segregation. White Southerners accused Northerners of orchestrating the Freedom Rides, both by sending their ...
One of the other people being honored Friday for civil rights work is Rita Schwerner Bender, who demanded answers from Mississippi officials after her first husband, Michael Schwerner, and two other activists, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, were killed outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1964 ...
A local civil rights activist we spoke to says the voices of the youth could be what makes lawmakers take action. When Clarence Fort passes by what used to be F.W. Woolworth's, a five and dime store in downtown Tampa, he can't help but think of how he and dozens of teenagers helped change history in ...
Rick Snyder's appointment of Bishop Ira Combs Jr. to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Combs, who leads Greater Bible Way Temple of the Apostolic Faith in Jackson, is known for his conservative views on social issues - including LGBT rights. Jackson pastors are urging Snyder or the Michigan ...
Durham State Rep. Mickey Michaux, 87, is retiring after nearly 45 years in politics. He's the dean of the General Assembly who insists that at the beginning, he had zero interest in being a politician. That is until a good friend finally convinced him to run. Martin Luther King Jr. (Yes, that Martin Luther King Jr.) ...


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