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Today in History Spottswood W. Robinson was Born

On this day July 26 1916, Spottswood W. Robinson was born. He was a representative of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, dean of the Howard University Law School, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a U.S. Circuit Judge of the D.C. Circuit. In 1966, Judge Robinson became the first African-American appointed to the United States Court of Appeals, for the Di ...

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Today in History: Moore’s Ford Lynching Occurred

On this day 25th of July 1946, four African-Americans were shot dead by a lynch mob at Moore's Ford, Walton County, Georgia, about eight miles from the town of Monroe. "The grotesquely sprawled bodies of the victims--the Coroner said at least sixty bullets were pumped into them--were found in a clump of bushes beside a little used side road...The upper parts of the bodies were scarcely recognizable from the ...

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Today in History: Progressive Party Convention Meets

On this day July 23, 1948 the Progressive Party convention met in Philadelphia, where Henry Wallace was nominated for President. New Party made major effort to attract Blacks; approximately 150 Black delegates and alternates attended the convention. Thirty-seven Black ran for state and local offices on the party ticket, ten Blacks ran for Congress. The party attracted few Black voters but forced the Democra ...

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Today in History: Disneyland Opens

Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism, opened on July 17th, 1955. The 17 million dollar theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in California, and brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion. Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a ...

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Today in History: Racial Outbreaks Occurred

On this day July 12, 1967, Twenty-three were killed in the Newark rebellion. The racial uprising spread to ten of the city's twenty-three square miles.  More than 1,500 persons were injured and 1,300 were arrested.  Three hundred fires were also reported. The Newark rebellion, the worst outbreak of racial violence since Watts, spread to other New Jersey communities, including New Brunswick, Englewood, Pater ...

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Today in History: The Niagara Movement Founded

In February 1905, William Edward Burghardt Dubois, John Hope, Monroe Trotter, Frederick McGhee, C. E. Bentley and 27 others met secretly in the home of Mary B. Talbert, to adopt the resolutions which lead to the founding of the Niagara Movement. The Niagara Movement's manifesto in the words of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, said "We want full manhood suffrage and we want it now.... We are men! We want to ...

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