As part of my personal growth in 2022, I am taking a civil rights class at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. The “Civil Rights Movement” refers to efforts toward achieving true equality for African Americans in all facets of society, but today the term “civil rights” is also used to describe the advancement ofContinue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 1”
January 28, 1934 ~A 40-year-old Black man named Robert Johnson was wrongly arrested in Tampa, Florida. White authorities within the Tampa police investigated Mr. Johnson’s alleged involvement in an attack on a white woman, and though he was quickly cleared of those charges, police did not release him. Instead, they issued a warrant accusing himContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 27, 1967 ~ Jefferson County sheriff deputies went to the home of Robert Lacey, a Black father of six, to enforce a law requiring him to take the family dog to the veterinarian. The police engaged in a confrontation with Mr. Lacey and shot him to death.
January 26, 1070 ~ In Evan V. Abney U. S. Supreme Court upheld Georgia court’s decision to close rather than integrate Macon’s Baconsfield Park, created by Senator Augustus Bacon for whites only.
January 25, 1942 ~ A white mob is Sikeston, Missouri, abducted Cleo Wright, accused of assaulting a white women, from jail, dragged him behind a cat, and set him on fire in front of two Black churches as service let out.
January 24, 1954 ~ Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, confessed in look magazine. The two killers were paid a reported $4,000 for their participation in the article. January 24, 1879 ~ A white mob in Clark County, Arkansas,Continue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 23, 1957 ~ Ku Klux Klan members forced Willie Edwards Jr., a Black resident of Montgomery, Alabama, to jump to his death from a bridge over the Alabama River; they never face prosecution for his murder. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_and_Restorative_Justice_Project
January 22, 1883 ~ U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Harris limited Congressional authority to criminalize racial terrorism, including violent acts by the Ku Klux Klan. The Court’s decision in Harris, striking down the Force Act, dealt a devastating blow to congressional efforts to combat the widespread violence and terrorism targeting Black Southerners during ReconstructionContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 21, 1948 ~ Senator James Eastland of Mississippi led a successful campaign to block an anti-lynching bill, which would have held members of lynch mobs and local law enforcement officers accountable for their role in racial terror lynchings. Between 1865 and 1950, more than 6,500 Black women, men, and children were killed in racialContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 20, 1870 ~ Southern Democrats declared the election of Mississippi Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African American Senator, null and void and argued Black people are ineligible to serve in Congress.