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Civil Rights

W.E.B. Du Bois: American Sociologist, Black Leader, And...

February 23, 2021

Formal photograph of W. E. B. Du Bois, with beard and mustache, around 50 years old. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons) You may not know the name William...

Nina Simone: Jazz Singer's Biography & Things You Didn'...

February 21, 2021

Courageous and complicated, Nina Simone remains an artist whose work begs to be pored over and inspected. She may be famous for her performance of "I Loves Y...

Rosa Parks: Stories, Biography, & Things You Didn't Kno...

February 4, 2021

Civil rights leader Rosa Parks smiles while people gathered around her applaud at a ceremony held in her honor. (Angel Franco/New York Times Co./Getty Images) ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Biography And Facts About The ...

January 14, 2021

(National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia Commons) Whether you were alive when Martin Luther King, Jr. was marching for freedom as a Baptist min...

Things You Didn't Know About The March On Washington (1...

August 28, 2020

(Center for Jewish History, NYC/Wikimedia Commons) If there's one thing that everyone knows about the March on Washington, it's that it was the site of Dr. Ma...

Ugly Laws: A 1867 San Francisco Attempt At Making Ugly ...

August 14, 2020

Can you imagine walking down the street and being stopped by a police officer for public unattractiveness? It sounds like a bad comedy sketch, but it was som...

1965: Voting Rights Act Is Signed By Lyndon B. Johnson

August 6, 2020

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson hands a pen to Civil Rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. during the signing of the Voting Rights Act as officials look o...

Assata Shakur: Black Panther, Black Liberation Army Mem...

July 10, 2020

Tupac Shakur, the king of '90s West Coast hip-hop, had a reputation for skirting the law. Perhaps he got his rebel attitude from his godmother, JoAnne Debora...

Medgar Evers Assassination: Civil Rights Leader Murdere...

June 30, 2020

You may not know his name off the top of your head, but Civil Rights activist and leader Medgar Evers is an important figure in the world of politics. Throug...

Mississippi Burning Murders: The KKK And Local Sheriff ...

June 21, 2020

Missing persons poster created by the FBI in 1964, signed by Director J. Edgar Hoover. (Federal Bureau of Investigation/Wikimedia Commons) On June 21, 1964, t...

The History Of Peaceful Protests in America

June 10, 2020

Throughout history, protests have been used by regular people who want to have their voices heard. Civil unrest has been whipping around humankind since the first rule was ...

Freedom Riders: The Men And Women Who Fought Segregatio...

May 4, 2020

In 1961, a group of brave people decided to catch a bus. Their actions didn't require courage (just) because of the germs and filth that cover every surface ...

Hiram Rhodes Revels: The First Black Congressman

February 25, 2020

This Black History Month, we'd be remiss to overlook incredible life of Hiram Rhodes Revels, who was sworn into the U.S. Senate on February 25, 1870, just five years a...

Clark Gable: Hitler, Bugs Bunny, And More Stories You'v...

February 1, 2020

Happy birthday to Clark Gable! The uber-masculine heartthrob of the Golden Age of Hollywood was born on this day in 1901. This birthday boy lit up the silver...

Emmett Till: The Memorial That Was Vandalized Until The...

January 14, 2020

The legacy of Emmett Till is one of anger and brutality. His death at the hands of two white men in the Mississippi Delta was one of the major sparks of the Civil...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of the respect usually afforded to a ship's captain, Robert Smalls was a man who refused to ...

Hunting Down an Assassin: The Manhunt for MLK’s Killer

June 16, 2019

American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) speaks at Quinn Chapel on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, 1960s. Source: (Photo by Robe...