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Remembering Nonviolent History: Freed...

Remembering Nonviolent History: Freedom Rides

By May 1961, federal law had already ruled that segregation on interstate, public buses was illegal. Southern states, however, maintained segregation in seating, and at bus station bathrooms, waiting rooms and drinking fountains. The Interstate Commerce Commission refused to take action to enforce federal law. To change this, the Civil Rights Movement (CORE, SNCC, NAACP) […]

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

On April 16th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sitting in a stark jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, where he had been arrested for engaging in nonviolent direct action. An ally had smuggled a newspaper into the jail that contained the recently published piece, A Call To Unity, written by eight local white clergymen […]

Bloody Sunday and the Selma March

Bloody Sunday and the Selma March

By the time the historic Selma March occurred on March 21st, 1965, more than 3,000 protesters in Selma, Alabama had already been arrested, and demonstrators had twice begun the fated march, once to be turned back by heavy repression in an event known as “Bloody Sunday”. On March 7th, 1965, a group of marchers organized […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The third Monday in January is honored as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States, a day when we commemorate the legacy of one of the great leaders of our time, and also remember the long road ahead of us toward racial justice in our country. The King Center says, ” During […]

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