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Wed, 04.30.1862 story

The American South’s First Black Daily Newspaper (L’Union) is Published

*This date celebrates the first Black newspaper in the South, L’Union in New Orleans in 1862.

During these early days of journalism working along with other groups and institutions, the free Black press strove to give voice to and unite the desires of Louisiana African Americans. L’Union was founded and circulated as a biweekly and tri-weekly. Published primarily in French, the paper ran a few issues in English beginning in 1863. Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez was L’Union’s primary financier and Paul Trévigne its editor.

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Wed, 04.27.1927 story

Coretta Scott King, Human Rights Activist born

*Coretta Scott King was born on this date in 1927. She was an African American civil rights activist and author.

From Heiberger, Alabama, Coretta Scott was the daughter of Bernice McMurry Scott, a housewife, and Obadiah Scott, a lumber carrier. Scott grew up walking three miles each day to school while school buses carrying white children drove by her. Such occurrences, while difficult, led her to strive for equality and the best for herself. Scott went on to graduate from high school and in 1945 entered Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio on a scholarship.

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Wed, 06.25.1941 story

The American Marine Corps Integrates

On this date in 1941, the Marine Corps formally integrated. This was a result of President Roosevelt signing Executive Order 8802 months before Pearl Harbor.

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Fri, 05.06.1960 story

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is Signed

On this date in 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

This was the first civil rights bill to be approved by Congress since Reconstruction. Though Eisenhower is not routinely linked to the civil rights issue, his contribution, including the 1957 Act, was important as it pushed the whole civil rights issue into the White House. At the time, politicians from the South were angry over what they saw as federal interference in state affairs. This bill became an act where as both parties were fighting for the “Black Vote.”

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Tue, 11.19.1867 story

Blacks Influence South Carolina Politics After The American Civil War

On this date in 1867, emancipated Blacks began influencing South Carolina politics, when citizens of the state endorsed their constitutional convention and selected state delegates.

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Thu, 11.02.2000 story

Voting Rights For Black Felons in America, a story

*Elections in America are held in November and this date’s Registry looks at the National voting process in Black America.

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Wed, 07.01.1964 story

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is Enacted

On this date in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was enacted into law in America. The first of three such legislations was an attempt to deal with the increasing demands of African Americans for equal rights.

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Fri, 05.31.1861 story

The American Civil War, a Summary

The American Civil War, waged from 1861 to 1865, is remembered on this date.

Before and during the Civil War, the North and South differed greatly on economic issues. The war was about slavery, but primarily about its economic consequences. The northern elite wanted economic expansion that would change the southern (slave-holding) way of life.

The southern states saw Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans making enormous changes to their way of life using free slave labor. Southerners believed that Abraham Lincoln, if elected, would restrict their rights to own slaves.

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Mon, 07.31.1911 story

Black History, and the American Boy Scout Movement, a story

The Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

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Sat, 12.23.1600 story

African American, (the term); an article

*The term African American is celebrated on this dates Registry.

In August of 2005, an Ethiopian-born activist named Abdulaziz Kamus seemed to melt into the crowd; a sea of black professors, health experts and community leaders considering how to educate blacks about the dangers of prostate cancer. But when he piped up to suggest focusing some attention on African immigrants, the dividing lines were quickly and pointedly drawn.

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