James Earl Jones & Danny Glover reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852). –DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle and Nellie Quander at Great Blacks In Wax Museum. #PrettyGirls #AKA #1908 #20Pearls — at Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation joins with McKenna Museums and Le Musée de f.p.c. on the 120 th Anniversary of the Plessy Decision, June 7, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(Le Musee de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA)
On June 7, 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy was arrested for sitting in the “white” only car on the East Louisiana railroad, defying a local segregation ordinance. He later became the plaintiff in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Justices decided against him in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896. May 18th marked the 120th Anniversary of the decision which legalized forced separation of the races.
Historians, legal scholars, and civil rights activists will discuss New Orleans at the forefront in the fight for civil rights. A relative of Homer Plessy, Keith Plessy will discuss his efforts to secure the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Homer A. Plessy. There will also be a special presentation by the American Judicial Alliance and entertainment by Carl Leblanc. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP http://www.facebook.com/plessyandfergusonfoundation
Fannie Lou Hamer was more than just the woman who coined the phrase, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” She was an American voting rights activist, civil rights leader, and philanthropist. She fought for Black women, Black men, and poor people’s right’s everywhere. Hamer worked on a plantation in Mississippi for 18…
“One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect man and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.” W.E.B Dubois (Feb. 23, 1868 – Aug. 27, 1963), civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar
Photo: Paul Robeson, DuBois, Vito Marcantonio. Read about DuBois on the NAACP website: http://bit.ly/1diKTWs
On today in history: On February 18, 1965, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a member of the Alabama State Police during a non-violent civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama. Seventeen days later, 525 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of that killing.
On February 18, 1965, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a member of the Alabama State Police during a non-violent civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama. Seventeen days later, 525 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of that killing. They were attacked by state and local police armed with billy clubs, whips, and tear gas. That day—March 7, 1965—would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”
February 11, 1958 – Ruth Carol Taylor is the FIRST African-American woman hired as a flight attendant. Hired by Mohawk Airlines, her career lasts only six months, due to another discriminatory barrier – the airline’s ban on married flight attendant.