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Fri, 06.01.1866 story

The American Civil Rights Movement, a story

On this date, starting with the year 1866, the African American Registry features a brief article and definition of civil rights.

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Mon, 09.09.1957 story

The American Civil Rights Act of 1957 is Signed

*On this date in 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was signed.  It was the first federal civil rights legislation passed by the United States Congress since the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The bill was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.   The Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education brought the issue of school desegregation […]

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Mon, 04.09.1866 story

The first Civil Rights Act after the American Civil War

On this date in 1866, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act over the veto of President Andrew Johnson.

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Sun, 05.29.1785 story

Black History and American Architecture, a story

On this date, we celebrate African American architecture. Blacks have been involved in building and architecture since the colonial era of America.

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Fri, 06.19.1964 story

The 1964 Civil Rights Act is Passed

On this date in 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act.

John F. Kennedy had argued for a new Civil Rights Act during the 1960 presidential election. But for the next two years, over 70 per cent of the African American vote went to Kennedy, the new president did nothing to promote this legislation.

The Civil Rights bill was brought before Congress in 1963. Kennedy presented arguments in favor of it on June 11 in a speech on television. Kennedy’s Civil Rights bill was still being debated by Congress when he was assassinated in November 1963.

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Thu, 07.04.1776 story

The American Declaration of Independence is Adopted

On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. This document affected Blacks in two significant ways distinct from other U.S. citizens:

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Fri, 08.06.1965 story

The American Voting Rights Act is Passed

*On this date the American Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed into law. The most sweeping reforms were embodied in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Mon, 10.23.1600 story

Black History, and American Art, a story

On this date, the Registry examines African American art—-painting, carving, graphic arts, and crafts created by people of African descent in the United States and influenced by African and African American culture.

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Tue, 09.19.1797 story

Sojourner Truth, Abolitionist, and Women’s Rights Advocate born

On this date we recall the birth of Sojourner Truth in 1797. She was a Black abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.

She was born into slavery in Hurley, Ulster County, New York, and was originally named Isabella. She arrived in New York City in 1829, a year after New York state emancipated slaves.

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Sun, 09.09.2001 story

The Last Sorority in the American South, (University of Alabama) Integrates

On this date in 2001, the University of Alabama sorority system remained segregated. Melody Twilley, a junior at the University, was trying to become the first African American to get accepted by a white sorority.

Twilley’s sorority rush counselor told her “You didn’t get asked back.” The school’s top officials, civil rights leaders, and alumnae who dominate the politics and business in the state, had followed her progress through the rush selection process closely. Twilley sings in the school choir and carries a 3.87 grade point average.

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