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Obadiah Simms III, a student at Virginia Union University from Pittsburgh, PA, was among the Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, June 7, 1961  Photo credit: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files/Courtesy Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Obadiah Simms III, a student at Virginia Union University from Pittsburgh, PA, was among the Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, June 1961 Photo credit: Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files/Courtesy Mississippi Department of Archives & History

Howard University alum Dr John Fleming, Director, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, 1988-1998. Project director, Ohio Historical Society's Afro-American Museum, Columbus; senior fellow, Institute for the Study of Educational Policy, Howard University, Washington D.C.; program analyst, United States Civil Rights Commission.

Howard University alum Dr John Fleming, Director, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, 1988-1998. Project director, Ohio Historical Society's Afro-American Museum, Columbus; senior fellow, Institute for the Study of Educational Policy, Howard University, Washington D.C.; program analyst, United States Civil Rights Commission.

Kredelle Petway Born in Camden, Alabama in 1941, Kredelle Petway was a student at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida when she was arrested for her participation in the Freedom Rides during the summer of 1961. Petway, along with her...

Kredelle Petway Born in Camden, Alabama in Kredelle Petway was a student at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida when she was arrested for her participation in the Freedom Rides during the summer of Petway, along with her.

Norfolk State alum, Oklahoma City Thunder reporter, Darnell Mayberry

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Norfolk State alum, Oklahoma City Thunder reporter, Darnell Mayberry

Janice Jackson, Evelyn Pierce, and Ethel Sawyer of the Tougaloo Nine, under arrest for the crime of reading in a "white only" libraray. Jackson, Mississippi, 1961.

Janice Jackson, Evelyn Pierce, and Ethel Sawyer of the Tougaloo Nine, under arrest for the crime of reading in a "white only" libraray.

Tiger Woods' Gift Launches A New UMES Golf Mgmt Scholarship Fund

Pro-golfer Tiger Woods is the first individual donor to a new University of Maryland Eastern Shore scholarship fund that will honor the memory of Dr.

Mugshots of Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961. I love their faces and the range of emotions. All the tiny and not so tiny smiles, as if they know something. I wonder if they knew they'd win.

Mugshots of civil rights activist Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961.

Mugshots of civil rights activist Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, They fought for the rights of others. We must not ever forget their commitment to the civil rights movement.

A mugshot of now U.S. Congressman John Lewis, taken in 1961, after he was arrested for using a 'Whites Only' bathroom in Mississippi. (via J...

53 yrs ago today I was released from Parchman Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson for using "white" restroom ---John Lewis

In 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. October 1, 1962.

On This Day August 1963 James Meredith the FIRST student admitted to the of Mississippi graduated. James Howard Meredith (born June 25 is an American Movement figure political a

West Virginia State alum Will Robinson became the first African-American head coach in Division I history when he accepted the position at Illinois State University in 1970. He scouted for the Detroit Pistons for 28 years, and worked 22 years for the Detroit Lions as a part-time scout. Robinson, who is a member of seven athletic halls of fame, was also the first black high school coach in Michigan, winning two state championships in basketball.

West Virginia State alum Will Robinson became the first African-American head…

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