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Philando Castile.

2 Day in Civil Rights: The wording in the law caused the acquittal

From 2018 EJI Calendar 2016:  Police officer Jeronimo Yanez in St. Anthony, Minnesota returns to duty before officials finish investigating the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop weeks earlier. (see more detail on the incident here) Philando Castile was pulled over and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer. […]

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Heyward Shepherd monument.

2 Day in Civil Rights: a faithful slave memorial?

From 2018 EJI Calendar The NAACP protests the National Park Service decision made under pressure from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and U.S. Senator Jesse Helms to remove the covering of a “faithful slave monument” at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. The article in The Washington Post that follows further explains. NAACP CALLS FOR MEMORIAL TO BE […]

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Watts Riot 1965.

2 Day in Civil Rights: A situation grew way out of control

From 2018 EJI Calendar Riots in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, sparked by white police beating of a young black man, leave 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrests, and $40 million in damage. (The first video below includes that young black man and much explains the heart of the inciting incident matter.  The […]

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2 Day in Civil Rights: Harry and Harriette Moore

From 2018 EJI Calendar 2006:  Nearly 55 years after civil rights activists Harry and Harriette Moore were killed by a bomb, a renewed investigation finds four deceased Ku Klux Klansmen responsible. Both Harry and his wife Harriette were African-American educators, and pioneer leaders in the civil rights movement.  They were the founders of the first […]

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Farmville, VA 1963 segregation protests.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Farmville schools closed instead of integrating

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1963:  Nine years after Brown v. Board of Education, 32 teenagers were jailed for protesting segregated public education (still) in Prince Edward County, Virginia. (From Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Humanities, here) The Farmville civil rights demonstrations began late in July 1963, when the Reverend L. Francis Griffin organized a direct-action campaign to, […]

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2 Day in Civil Rights: 1908 Illinois Race Riot sparks rise of NAACP

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1908:  After a failed lynching attempt of two accused rapists (the local sheriff had moved them out of town to prevent violence), a crow of more than 5,000 whites and European immigrants stormed black neighborhoods in Springfield, Illinois.  The mob burned black businesses and homes, and killed at least 16, including […]

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

So, what were we doing for Clarksdale in Montgomery, AL last week?

Clarksdale is at the center of… a whole lot! Four of us went to the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama last week.  Johnny Newson, Dr. Jimmy Wiley, Brenda Luckett and ClarksdaleNews had a meeting at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (here) to discuss possible Clarksdale opportunities. Are we up to something?  Stay […]

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WWI vet and civil rights activist, Lamar Smith.

2 Day in Civil Rights: WWI vet Lamar Smith

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1955:  Black WWI veteran Lamar Smith is shot and killed.  Smith was a civil rights figure, black farmer, and an organizer of black voter registration. He was shot around 10 am at close range on the Lincoln County courthouse lawn in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Lamar was a voting rights activist and a […]

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Charlottesville riot.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Charlottesville Riot

From 2018 EJI Calendar 2017:  White nationalists protest removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The next day, a protestor drives a car into counter-protestors, injuring 19 people, and killing Heather Heyer. Video from CNN.

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