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Unita Blackwell Risked It All So Black Mississippians Could Vote | The New York Times Magazine

She was arrested dozens of times, and Klan members threw Molotov cocktails into her yard — but that didn’t stop her fight for civil rights. On an afternoon thick with Mississippi heat, Unita Blackwell sat on the front porch of her shotgun house with her friend Coreen, drinking homemade beer, waiting for something to happen. That’s when she saw them: two men — they looked to be about 19 — heading toward town. Blackwell knew they weren’t from around there. They walked too fast. No one walked fast in Mayersville on 90-degree days. They said, “Hello,” instead of the usual, […]

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Supreme Court seems interested in limited ruling in civil rights case | The Washington Post

In the buildup to the Supreme Court’s examination of whether cable giant Comcast refused to sign a deal with a black entertainer’s TV network, some advocates argued that the case threatened to hollow out a Reconstruction-era civil rights statute assuring equal contract rights for African Americans. But during hour of oral arguments Wednesday, it did not appear that the justices agreed such a monumental ruling was in the offing. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. pronounced the case “somewhat academic.” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. declared it “not the big issue that has been portrayed.” Others suggested sending it back […]

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Florida Pardons the Groveland Four, 70 Years After Jim Crow-Era Rape Case | The New York Times The Jim Crow-era case attracted widespread attention in 1949. Shortly after the rape was reported, mobs of white residents set fire to homes and property belonging to black families in the Groveland area.

The Jim Crow-era case attracted widespread attention in 1949. Shortly after the rape was reported, mobs of white residents set fire to homes and property belonging to black families in the Groveland area.

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Rosa Parks’ Life After the Bus Was No Easy Ride | History.com Along with Parks’ many achievements, she also shared the challenges she faced along the way, including the death threats levied at her because of her work.

Along with Parks’ many achievements, she also shared the challenges she faced along the way, including the death threats levied at her because of her work.

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Watch the Electrifying Conclusion of Dr. King’s Final Speech | Colorlines King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

King celebrated the ongoing fight for social and racial equity during his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis.

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The Civil Rights Pastor Who Declared ‘I Am a Man’ | The Daily Beast James Lawson was a Civil Rights icon who saw the need for the fight to include economic inequality. He also unintentionally doomed King by inviting him to Memphis.

James Lawson was a Civil Rights icon who saw the need for the fight to include economic inequality. He also unintentionally doomed King by inviting him to Memphis.

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[VIDEO] Preview: ‘I AM A MAN’ Puts You at the Heart of the Civil Rights Struggle | Road To VR I AM A MAN is an upcoming interactive VR experience that lets you participate in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

I AM A MAN is an upcoming interactive VR experience that lets you participate in the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

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