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Juanita Abernathy, civil rights icon, dies | AJC

Rosalind Bentley, Ernie Suggs, AJC In this April 18, 1963 file photo, Coretta Scott King, left, the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, center, and Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, leave Birmingham jail after visiting Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy in Birmingham, Ala. Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, has died. She was 88. Family spokesman James Peterson confirmed Abernathy died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta following complications from a stroke. (File/Associated Press). Featured […]

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Dr. Angela Davis to accept once-rescinded Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award | AL.com

Roy S. Johnson, AL.com Image Credit, FacebookFeatured Image . Angela Davis has agreed to accept the 2019 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, says BCRI President/CEO Andrea Taylor. “Looking ahead, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute remains steadfast in its commitment to preserving and promoting civil and human rights, and being a source of inspiration and inclusion to the community as the struggle continues,” Taylor says. The revelation comes nearly eight months after the Institute’s Board of Directors bowed to pressures emanating from some segments of the city’s Jewish community—as well as some African Americans—and stunningly rescinded […]

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Baxter Leach, key member of Memphis’s striking sanitation workers, dies at 79 | The Washington Post

Adrian Sainz, The Washington Post Former sanitation worker Baxter Leach, 78, also did mechanic work and picked cotton to help make ends meet. Yalonda M. James / The Commercial Appeal. Featured Image Leach, a prominent member of the Memphis sanitation workers union whose historic strike drew the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the city where he was assassinated, died Aug. 27 in Memphis. He was 79. A friend, Calvin Taylor, said Mr. Leach had been hospitalized with cancer. Mr. Leach helped organize the 1968 strike in which 1,300 sanitation workers walked off the job and marched on Memphis streets […]

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The Forgotten All-Star Game That Helped Integrate Baseball | Deadspin

Stephanie Liscio, Deadspin The 1939 East-West All-Star Game in Chicago. Photo: Getty. Featured Image Cleveland celebrated its sixth time hosting MLB’s All-Star Game last week, it might have seemed an odd event to commemorate baseball’s integration. But when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in April of 1947, becoming the first African-American to play in white organized baseball since the 19th century, it was the culmination of years of work by activists to integrate Major League Baseball. And one of the earliest battlegrounds for integration was a Negro Leagues all-star contest in Cleveland in 1942. […]

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“When They See Us” Shows How Black Slang Was Criminalized For The Central Park 5 & It Still Is Today | Bustle

Nylah Burton, Bustle Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Featured Image DuVernay’s new Netflix docuseries When They See Us depicts the heartbreaking story of the 1990 Central Park Five case in which a group of young Black and Latinx boys were convicted of a crime that they did not commit. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, falsely confessed to the rape of a female jogger, which led to them being imprisoned for six to 13 years. The series explores the ways the Central Park Five were villainized in the media and in public opinion — and particularly for their […]

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The FBI Admits Black Lives Matter Was Never a Threat. It’s White People You Should Be Worried About | The Root

Michael Harriot, The Root week, as Donald Trump curtsied before the Queen; as Congressional Democrats continued to cower from their constitutional obligations; while we took our horses down to Old Town Road, mounted Megan Thee Stallion’s bandwagon and watched what happens When They See Us, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted that prejudiced assumptions against the Black Lives Matter movement, Muslim Americans and black identity extremists was all a lie. Intelligence officials sat in front of lawmakers and openly admitted that white supremacists and right-wing violence are the biggest domestic terror threat but also admitted that federal agencies aren’t really […]

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Before Kaepernick, The ‘Syracuse 8’ Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR

Karen Given and, Shira Springer, WBUR Members of the Syracuse University football team boycotted the 1970 season because of racial discrimination. (Courtesy Syracuse 8). Featured Image met in secret, away from their white coaches and teammates. “We used to meet at midnight,” former Syracuse football player Dana Harrell says. “And we could have met earlier. But we used to meet at midnight, to lay out our thoughts and plans, just like the slaves.” Harrell was one of nine college football players the international media would — incorrectly — call the “Syracuse 8.” It was the late 1960s, after the assassinations […]

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