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Bust of former slave and U.S. Congressman Robert Smalls.

Reconstruction, can we better understand it now?

Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history From CBS NEWS produced by Mark Hudspeth Call it the original “Great Escape.” On May 13, 1862, just over a year into the Civil War, an enslaved man named Robert Smalls, who labored on a Confederate steamer in South Carolina’s Charleston harbor, set into motion […]

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Woodrow Wilson authorizes segregation in federal government.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Segregation Authorized in Federal Government

From 2019 EJI Calendar 1913: President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet begins government-wide segregation of workplaces, restrooms and lunchrooms. From EJI Timeline President Wilson Authorizes Segregation Within Federal Government On April 11, 1913, recently inaugurated President Woodrow Wilson received Postmaster General Albert Burleson’s plan to segregate the Railway Mail Service. Burleson reported that he found it “intolerable” […]

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Nat King Cole attacked on stage in Birmingham.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Nat King Cole attacked on stage in Birmingham

From 2019 EJI Calendar 1956: African American singer Nat King Cole is attacked onstage by four white men while performing for an all-white audience in Birmingham, Alabama. From EJI Timeline White Men Attack Nat King Cole During Performance in Birmingham, Alabama On April 10, 1956, African American singer and pianist Nat King Cole was performing […]

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Viola Liuzzo memorial.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Viola Liuzzo shot driving activists to vote

From 2019 EJI Calendar 1965: Viola Liuzzo, a white woman from Detroit is shot and killed after driving voting rights activists to Selma, Alabama. From EJI Timeline Viola Liuzzo Murdered After Driving Voting Rights Activists to Selma On March 25, 1965, Viola Liuzzo, a middle-class white housewife from Detroit, Michigan, was shot and killed in […]

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Ther Racial Integrity Act, Virginia 1924.

2 Day in Civil Rights: The Racial Integrity Act

From 2019 EJI Calendar 1924: Virginia’s Eugenical Sterilization Act is signed into law and later becomes the model sterilization law for other states and for Nazi Germany. From EJI Timeline Virginia Passes Acts Seeking To ‘Purify The White Race’ Harry Laughlin, a leader in the eugenics movement, drafted a Model Eugenical Sterilization Law that Virginia […]

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