The Memphis massacre of 1866 was a series of violent events that occurred from May 1 to 3, 1866 in Memphis, Tennessee. The racial violence was ignited by political and social racism following the American Civil War, in the early stages of Reconstruction. After a shooting altercation between white policemen and black veterans recently musteredContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
In America, the highways and public spaces that shape our cities were often intentionally built at the expense of minority citizens. When the “structural” racist, urban planner Robert Moses began building projects in New York during the 1920s, he bulldozed Black and Latino homes to make way for parks and built highways through the middleContinue reading “Racist By Design”
March 15, 2022 ~ Kevin Johnson was fatally shot 9 times in the back by three San Antonio cops. A crowd that gathered after the shooting clashed with police, who at one point used pepper spray on the group. March 15, 1713 – Tuscarora Nation warriors withstood colonizers’ siege of Fort Neoheroka in North CarolinaContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
March 13, 2020– Louisville, Kentucky, police fatally shot Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman, in her own home whole execution a no-knock warrant.
March 14, 2015 ~ This week, protesters marched after the Univesity of Oklahoma’s sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is taped singing a song that included the n-word and “You can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign me.”
March 12, 1956 – U.S. congressmen from 11 Southren states issued the Southern Manifesto declaring oppositition to Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Eduction decision, which prohibited racial segregation in public schools.
March 11, 1965 – Reverend James Reeb, a white supporter of Black voting rights, died two days after he was beaten by angry white people in Selma, Alabama.
March 10, 2022 ~ A Collegedale, Tennessee police officer fired his stun gun at a Black food delivery man, Delane Gordon, who had begun recording his traffic stop for speeding and asked to see the officer’s supervisor, video footage shows. Gordon has no prior criminal record, never posed a threat to the officer and wasContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
March 09, 1892 – Ida B. Wells’s friends Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell, and Henry Stewart were lynched in Memphis, Tennessee, sparking her lifelong crusade against lynching.
March 08, 1655 – Virginian Colony court ruled against John Casor, a black indentured servant who sued for his freedom after being forced to work past his term, and declared himself enslaved for life.