NAACP Turns 100 Today

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP. At the time of the NAACP’s formation, lynching of Black people in the United States was common and a number of race riots where White people attacked Black people and burned their homes had broken out around the country.   A race riot in Springfield, Ill., in the summer … Read More

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Today in Civil Rights History: Ordinary Lunch Counter Made History at Greensboro Sit-In

Monday, February 2, 2009

On February 1, 1960, four African American students made history when they sat down at a “whites-only” lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.This afternoon, I and two fellow LCCR/EF interns visited the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., to reflect on this historic event. The museum display contains a section of the actual Woolworth’s … Read More

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Today in Civil Rights History: The 24th Amendment Prohibits Poll Taxes

Friday, January 23, 2009

Forty-five years ago today, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states.  The amendment forbids Congress and states from requiring poll taxes in order to vote in federal elections.Amendments to the Constitution are proposed by both houses in Congress and require two-thirds of the states to ratify, or approve, them. South … Read More

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