Archive for the 'Civil Rights' Category

The Little Rock Nine

Yazan: charleene | 11 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

The Little Rock Nine was a group of nine high school students. They were the first to attend an all white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Although segregation was illegal at the time, many racist school systems employed scare tactics to prevent African American students from attending their schools. Central High School [...]

Morris Dees

Yazan: charleene | 11 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

Morris Dees (1936 – ?) is a lawyer who worked together with Joe Levin to build the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama. Dees sold a successful law firm that he had created to take on civil rights cases. He was inspired to do this after witnessing his capable African American friends’ continued [...]

Doris and Winthrop Sears, Livonia, MI

Yazan: Staff | 07 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

Doris and (the late) Winthrop Sears helped set up Livonia Citizens for Better Human Relations in the early 1960s in a Detroit suburb.  The goal of this group was to protect and advance the civil rights of minorities: voting rights, free use of public facilities, school desegregation, communicating with the Civil Rights Commission and other [...]

Joe Levin

Yazan: charleene | 05 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  Joe Levin (1943 – ?) is a founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a non-profit organization that attempts to “combat hate, intolerance, and discrimination through education and litigation.” He was born in Montgomery, Alabama as the son of a lawyer. While in college at the University of Alabama, he [...]

Barack Obama

Yazan: charleene | 24 August 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  Barack Obama (1961 – ?) is currently the first African American presidential nominee running for a major U.S. political party in history. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Caucasian American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he moved with his mother to Indonesia [...]

Oprah Winfrey

Yazan: charleene | 24 August 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ?) is the first African American woman to become a billionaire. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and at the age of thirteen, she ran away due to abuse. She moved in with her father, who strictly enforced her education. She began her career as a broadcaster, and after attending [...]

Colin Powell

Yazan: charleene | 12 August 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  General Colin Powell (1937 – ) was the Secretary of State for the U.S. government from 2001 – 2005. He was named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989, making him the highest-ranking African American officer in U.S. history. After serving two tours in Vietnam in the 1960’s, he worked with the [...]

Rosa Parks

Yazan: charleene | 07 August 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) is infamous for a seemingly small act of quiet protest which inspired a pivotal turning point in the civil rights movement. On December 1, 1955, she was riding on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. The bus driver ordered Mrs. Parks to obey the law and sacrifice [...]

Thurgood Marshall

Yazan: charleene | 06 August 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – Jan. 24, 1993) was the first African-American justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. As an attorney, he fought for civil rights and women’s rights. Marshall was on the team of lawyers in the historic Supreme Court trial, Brown v. Board of Education (1954). The trial resulted in [...]

W.E.B. DuBois

Yazan: charleene | 30 July 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Civil Rights

  W.E.B. DuBois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was one of the founders of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He was also the first African American to obtain a Ph.D. from Harvard University. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and he was recognized for being a gifted [...]


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