I've noticed a meme beginning to fester among liberal insiders who are positing that the Occupy Wall Street movement is starting to "distract" the citizenry from the wicked machinations of Republicans of the legislative class. Nonsense.
Ella Baker was a civil rights activist who worked for a number of civil rights organizations throughout her lifetime. After graduating as valedictorian from Shaw University in North Carolina, Baker moved to New York City and helped started the Young Negroes Cooperative League. She started working for the NAACP in 1940, and co-founded the organization In Friendship to fight against Jim Crow laws in 1955.
Today in North Carolina history (Oct. 24, 1940): Newspaper editor and civil rights advocate Robert Lee Vann died.
This travel article from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism highlights the civil rights images by photojournalist Cecil J. Williams. His photographs, which capture the contrasts of the 1940s through 1960s, are both historical and provokingly symbolic; drawing you in to contemplate a chapter in American history that preceded and embodied a time we know as the Civil Rights Era. http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/12029
Ella Baker (1903–86) (25 of 51) After graduating from North Carolina’s Shaw University in 1927 as valedictorian, Baker began a lifelong career as a social activist. She served as a mentor to several generations of civil rights activists without drawing much attention to herself. In 1940 she became an organizer for the NAACP, traveling to many small towns and big cities across the South and developing a network of activists.
Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American minister, educator, scholar, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940 to 1967. Benjamin Elijah Mays was born in 1894 in Ninety Six, South Carolina, the youngest of eight children; his parents were tenant farmers and former slaves. Mays was also a significant mentor to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The confederate flag was resurrected in the late 1940's as a symbol against the civil rights movement and has become the symbol of hate and racism. These are not opinions, these are the facts. Those who believe slavery was not a central point of conflict in the Civil War may wish to peruse the South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas declarations of secession. Those documents all explicitly cite threats to slavery as reasons for secession. Mississippi's declaration goes so far as to…
As the civil rights movement grew in the 1960s, the long-dormant Ku Klux Klan reemerged with a vengeance. North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive southern state, saw a boom in Klan membership under the leadership of Grand Dragon Bob Jones. In just three years, the North Carolina Klan grew to some 10,000 members, helping give the state a new nickname: "Klansville, USA."
Pauli Murray, civil rights lawyer and Episcopal priest, was born in 1910. She became the first African American person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School in 1965. Murray also co-founded the National Organization for Women. In 1977, Murray made history again when she became ordained as an Episcopal priest.