Vernon Dahmer, a Black Civil Rights leader & president of the NAACP in Hattiesburg, MS. He was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for his work on recruiting Blacks to vote. This is why we must cont to fight for voting rights. Our vote our power.
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After Black soldiers, including corporal, were brutally beaten by cops for no reason other than skin color. Soldiers revolted. In 1917 -13 Black soldiers were executed & 50 sentenced to life after fighting for this country.
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Talking about breaking color barriers - Willie Eldon O'Ree is a Black Canadian former professional hockey player. He was the 1st Black player in the NHL. He was called to the Boston Bruins to replace an injured player in 1958.
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1933 -white teacher was killed in Perry, FL. Items near her body belonged to a local white man, cops insisted the perpetrator was Black. Whites burned Charles Wright 21 in a lynching, collected souvenirs & attacked the Black community(EJI).
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Elaine Massacre - Sept. 1919 White Arkansans, fearful of Blacks organizing, massacre 200 Black sharecroppers after they got a white attorney and demanded fair prices. The victims stood trial. This fear remains today.
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Sept. 1868 Opelousas, LA massacre. A white man was attacked for registering Black voters. Black men were lynched defending him. Whites terrorized & killed Black voters to suppress turnout, devastating the Black community (EJI).
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Gordon Parks was the 1st Black to produce/direct/develop major motion films relating the experience of the enslaved & struggling Black Americans. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s.
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Little Rock Nine - Under Army escort, 9 Black students enter all-white Central HS. Pres. Eisenhower sent 1,000 paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order. Think about that as you take your kids to school.
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As you take your kids to school think of the Black kids that fought to integrate - OTD in 1957 white church members violently protest the integration of white schools by 19 six yr. olds. The school was bombed the next morning. (EJI)
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After a Black man is acquitted in AL of killing a white cop, KKK RANDOMLY kidnap teen Michael Donald. In March 1981 they lynch him. 1 perp was executed by electric chair in 1997, while others were sentenced to life in prison.
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