Today in News History: On Sept. 23, 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.
L. Alex Wilson, editor of the African-American newspaper Tri-State Defender (Memphis, Tenn.), traveled to Little Rock to cover the standoff over racial integration in public schools. Wilson was kicked repeatedly and choked by the mob while on assignment. He, along with an estimated 40 to 100 reporters, remained as a witness to the Little Rock protests despite the violence he faced.
Explore other milestones of the civil rights movement in the Newseum’s Civil Rights at 50 exhibit.
Source: Newseum collection
Photo credit: Will Counts/Arkansas Democrat
Cecil Fergerson was moved by the Watts riots to begin promoting the work of minority artists. He co-founded the Black Arts Council.
Obama nominates Diane Humetewa, Hopi, as a federal judge
President Barack Obama has nominated Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, to serve as a federal judge in Arizona.
If confirmed by the Senate, Humetewa would be the first Native American woman in the federal judiciary She was the first Native woman to serve as U.S. Attorney.
coretta was better than mlk. remember that. remember that she coulda been like a beyoncè-yoyo ma hybrid if she didn’t join the revolution with her cheating husband. i wish that history books would really talk about her political work outside of her husband.
can we get the history books to talk about sexism in the civil rights movement in general? maybe just a little bit? like i need fannie lou hamer to be the center of any crm discussion.
Let’s talk about how the Civil Rights Movement was incepted by Black women seeking retribution and community consciousness about the rape and assault of Black women and girls. Rosa Parks was a typist and recorder for what would be the equivalent of a rape crisis center. The Civil Rights Movement was a women’s movement that shifted gears to garner attention b/c even in the scheme of racialized oppression; people cared more about Black men’s pain/suffering than that of Black women. All of this with the hopes that women’s rapes, assaults, kidnappings and lynchings would get attention by association/proximity to those of men.
READ THIS BOOK! CHANGED MY COMPLETE PERSPECTIVE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND REPRESENTATION OF RACIALIZED OPPRESSION.
frudence asked: Regarding that book idea - would you support someone else spearheading the project?
To be perfectly honest — for that project to be done right, you would probably either need a multitude of excellent scholars to submit their research for editing by someone else who knew the material, or you would need to do years of research in order to compose a layman’s historical account of America done like that. It wouldn’t be easy, it wouldn’t be quick, it would be, more or less, larger than a Doctoral Dissertation and anyone doing something like that…doesn’t really need my support.
meheeeen asked: I would LOVE for there to be a book that tells US History from First Nations through present day chronologically, without mentioning a single white man by name. Obviously references would need to be made once in a while, but say "Mary Todd's husband" or "The 25th President" etc with maybe a footnote and a list in the appendix. Any plans to someday make this happen? I would be first in line to order.
The kind of work that would require, unfortunately, is not something I have time for — or the specialty for. But it would be interesting, nonetheless!
Hello everyone- I just wanted to take a quick moment to share with you this campaign.
Many Native languages are going through a process of language death, which is exactly what it sounds like: the predominance of English in the US, and the lack of interest/support for the perpetuation of Native languages means that the number of native speakers (linguistic term for someone acquiring a language as an infant/small child) dwindles until there are simply no more speakers of that language.
Across the US, a number of amazing movements and organizations work towards perpetuating Native language use- the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project on the East Coast revived the Wôpanâak Language of the Wampanoag people from language death, a feat beautifully chronicled in the documentary Âs Nutayuneân- We Still Live Here
Now we’re seeing an effort to revitalize the Navajo language through the creation of this app. From the campaign:
[The app] will be comprehensive through easy access to conversational Navajo word roots, stems, conjugations, usage, nuance, historical context, and more. Additionally, it will include structured learning through lessons to help the beginner to advanced learner.
Sourcing the content won’t be a process of copying textbooks and technical literature. It’ll go back to the primary sources: elders and language teachers. That’s what makes this project one part technical programming and one part ‘field-work’ - archiving the Navajo spoken word.
By utilizing the Diné Bizaad project’s resource, anyone will become confident speakers of the Navajo language.
For more information, please check out the campaign homepage by clicking the icon above. Thank you so much! Remember, there’s not much time to fund this, so spread the word as best you can!
Profile Portrait of Frederick Douglass c. 1858
Daguerreotype, sixth plate, unknown maker
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc
Frederick Douglass has been called the father of the civil rights movement. He rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and women’s rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer.
"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."~Frederick Douglass, Speech, Washington, D.C.
Fifty years ago today, a bomb killed four girls at Sunday school in Birmingham, Alabama, a tragedy that led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"It is a sad story, but there is a joy that came out of it," said Sarah Collins Rudolph, who survived the blast at the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Sarah’s 14-year-old sister, Addie Mae Collins, was among the victims of the bomb.
Photo: President Obama designated the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal to honor the lives of the four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, on May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
In handwritten notes on his initial sketches of Reed, courtroom artist Franklin McMahon described the youthful witness as wide-eyed, lanky, and eighteen years old. As a native Mississippian, Reed was privy to the strict rules of the Jim Crow South, those that Till had failed to learn. Knowing those rules, Reed, who didn’t know Till, exhibited a great deal of courage in testifying against Bryant and Milam. Undoubtedly, he knew that remaining in Mississippi was not an option. After the trial, Reed relocated to Chicago—Emmett Till’s hometown.