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2 Day in Civil Rights: Vernon Dahmer killed in home firebombing

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1966: Vernon Dahmer, black businessman and civil rights activist, dies after his home in Hattiesburg is firebombed. From EJI Timeline Mississippi Voting Rights Activist Vernon Dahmer Dies After Bombing In the early morning hours of January 10, 1966, two carloads of armed Ku Klux Klan members drove onto the property of […]

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A colorized image of a brain cell from an Alzheimer's patient shows a neurofibrillary tangle (red) inside the cytoplasm (yellow) of the cell. The tangles consist primarily of a protein called tau. (Photo via SPL/Science Source)

Why African Americans may be more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s Disease May Develop Differently In African-Americans, Study Suggests From NPR by Jon Hamilton Scientists have found a biological clue that could help explain why African-Americans appear to be more vulnerable than white Americans to Alzheimer’s disease. A study of 1,255 people, both black and white, found that cerebrospinal fluid from African-Americans tended to contain […]

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New bill bans states from holding children in adult jails

On the Friday before Christmas, President Donald Trump signed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, a major juvenile justice bill that bans states from incarcerating children in adult jails even if they are charged in adult court. The legislation also requires states that receive federal funding to collect data on racial disparities in the […]

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Rosewood, Florida massaccre, 1923.

2 Day in Civil Rights: the Rosewood Massacre

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1923:  After a white woman falsely accuses a black man of rape, a white mob attacks the black town of Rosewood, Florida in a riot that destroys the town and leaves up to 80 dead. From EJI Timeline Rosewood, Florida, Destroyed by Rioting White Mob On January 1, 1923, in Sumner, […]

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Family Youth Opportunities building, Clarksdale.

Family and Youth Opportunities Division Martin Luther King Banquet

From WROX: Family and Youth Opportunities Division will host their seventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. banquet at 6PM tomorrow in the Flamingo Bay ballroom of the Isle of Capri casino.  Former Alabama state legislator and Birmingham city councilman John Hilliard will be the keynote speaker.  Admission is free and the public is invited; for […]

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The Mississippi Pig Law, 1876.

2 Day in Civil Rights: the Mississippi “Pig Law”

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1876:  Mississippi “pig law” punishes farm animal theft by 5 years in prison; state allows leasing of prisoners to private employers. From EJI Timeline Mississippi Legislature Convenes to Pass Laws Strengthening Convict Leasing in State The Mississippi legislature of 1876, the first former-Confederate-controlled legislature since the start of the post-Civil War […]

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Hopi Indian prisoners on Alcatraz Island.

2 Day in Civil Rights: Hopi Indian leaders sent to Alcatraz

From 2018 EJI Calendar 1895:  Nineteen Hopi leaders are imprisoned on Alcatraz Island for opposing government assimilation efforts, such as confining farming to plots and forcibly enrolling Hopi children in boarding schools. From EJI Timeline Nineteen Hopi Leaders Imprisoned in Alcatraz In the late 1800s, the United States government sought to “Americanize” the Indian population […]

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William James Howard, NAACP letter

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From 2018 EJI Calendar 1944:  William James Howard, a black 15-year-old is lunched by three white men in Suwannee County, Florida after one of them accuses Howard of writing a love note to his daughter. From EJI Timeline Florida: 15-Year-Old Boy Lynched for Sending Love Note On January 2, 1944, 15-year-old Willie James Howard, a […]

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