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Memories from the past of Music, Culture & Arts.

Black History

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer

06 October 1917 - Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate, and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movements and a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African Americans. Hamer was born on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi, the 20th and last child of sharecroppers Lou Ella […]

todayOctober 6, 2022 3

Black History

Barbara Jordan – Acceptance Speech for Sylvanus Thayer Award

5 October 1995 - Barbara Jordan  On October 5, 1995, three months before her death, former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan received the Sylvanus Thayer Award named in honor of Sylvanus Thayer, Class of 1808, who was the thirty-third graduate of the Academy and who nine years later became its fifth superintendent.  The award is presented by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy to an outstanding citizen of […]

todayOctober 5, 2022 2

Black History

Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft (1902-1985) and the long Civil Rights Movement in Texas

  04 October 2013 - Juanita Jewel Shanks A small but growing number of black women are slowly being recognized for their contributions to the “long” civil rights movement, the nearly century-long struggle by African Americans against all forms of racial discrimination. In the account below University of Texas-El Paso historian Cecilia Gutierrez Venable describes Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft, one of the most important of these activists in 20th Century […]

todayOctober 4, 2022 7

Black History

Alfred Charles Sharpton

  3 October 1954 - Alfred Charles Sharpton Born in Brooklyn, New York on October 3, 1954, Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr., is an American Baptist minister and political, social, and human rights advocate.  Known as “the Wonder Boy” as a youth, he was licensed and ordained as a Pentecostal minister and toured with the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.  In the late 1980’s, Sharpton became a Baptist minister. Often criticized and […]

todayOctober 3, 2022 4

Black History

J Gary Cooper

  02 October 1936 J. Gary Cooper, military, government, and business leader, was appointed United States Ambassador to Jamaica by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He was the first African American to occupy the position. Prior to his appointment, he had a distinguished military career. Jerome Gary Cooper was born on October 2, 1936 in Lafayette, Louisiana to a devout Catholic family, but grew up in segregated Mobile, Alabama and attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School.  Based on a recommendation from Archbishop Fulton Sheen of New York, he won an […]

todayOctober 2, 2022 6

News

International Women’s Day

IWD 2022 Campaign theme: #BreakTheBias Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Be part of a movement Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can break the bias in […]

todayMarch 8, 2022 12

On This Day

Auschwitz is liberated

Auschwitz is liberated On 27 January 1945, Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland, freeing the survivors of the network of concentration camps—and finally revealing to the world the depth of the horrors perpetrated there.   Auschwitz was really a group of camps, designated I, II, and III. There were also 40 smaller “satellite” camps.   It was at Auschwitz II, at Birkenau, established in October 1941, that the SS created a complex, monstrously […]

todayJanuary 27, 2022 9

Black History

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader   The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (15 January 1929– 4 April 1968) was the charismatic leader of the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He directed the year-long Montgomery bus boycott, which attracted scrutiny by a wary, divided nation, but his leadership and the resulting Supreme Court ruling against bus segregation brought him fame. He formed […]

todayJanuary 15, 2022 13

On This Day

First meeting of the United Nations

10 January  1946 - First meeting of the United Nations   The first General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London, England. One week later, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time and established its rules of procedure. Then, on January 24, the General Assembly adopted its first resolution, a measure calling for the peaceful uses of atomic energy and […]

todayJanuary 10, 2022 6

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