January 7, 1966 ~ After student activist Samuel Leamon Younge Jr. was killed by a white gas station attendant because Younge insisted on using the white bathroom, Tuskegee University students marched to protest.
January 6, 1959 ~Richard and Mildred Loving plead guilty to violating Virginia las against interracial marriage and received one-year sentences in prison unless they leave the state for 25 years. January 6, 2021 ~ A day when American democracy died a little. Trump had lost, but he had also won – the “big lie” hadContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 05, 1923 ~ A mob of over 200 white men attacked the Black community in Rosewood, Florida, killing over 30 Black women, men, and children, burning the town to the ground, and forcing all survivors to permanently flee Rosewood.
January 4, 1876 ~ Mississippi “pig law” passed to punish farm animal theft with 5 years in prison and to allow the state to lease prisoners to private employees. January 4, 2008 ~ A SWAT team kicked in the door at the Lima, Ohio, home of Tarika Wilson, 24, shot and killed her while sheContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 2, 1944 ~ William James Howard, a black 15-year-old, was lynched by three white men in Suwannee County, Florida, after one of the men accused Howard of writing a love note to his daughter. He was lynched for having given Christmas cards to all his co-workers at the Van Priest Dime Store, including CynthiaContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”
January 1, 1863 ~ President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery except in non-rebelling or occupied states like Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and parts of Louisiana. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Although Lincoln personally opposed human enslavement, he did notContinue reading “Day in the History of Racial Injustice”