With the coming of summer, many students are struck with a debilitating illness known as cantgotoschoolitis. Symptoms may include inability to pay attention in class, wandering eyes, and an overactive imagination.
With students yearning so badly to get out of class, it’s hard to believe that on this day in 1976, many young students gave their lives fighting just to receive a fair and equal education.
In 1953, the white Apartheid government of …Read more
Women's Day poster, USSR, 1920
Over a hundred years ago today 15,000 women in New York City came together to march for better working conditions and universal women’s suffrage.
The following year the Socialist Party of America declared February 28 to be National Women’s Day. In Copenhagen in 1910 an International Women’s Day was proposed and unanimously agreed upon by 100 women representing 17 countries. It would be observed simultaneously by women around the world on March 8, 1911.
3rd Monday in January
Across from the Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
The above quote was from his Mountaintop speech, given one day before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
Today we remember, not his tragic death, but his remarkable life.
In the early 1980′s, Martin Luther King Day was a holiday in several states, but there was debate about whether King ‘deserved’ a federal holiday. After all only one other American had been …Read more
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday – January 15
Observed 3rd Monday in January (January 16, 2012; January 21, 2013)
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. His birthday is observed in the United States on the third Monday in January.
Calling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address to the American people on August 28, 1963 the “I Cash a Check” speech may not have resonated as well as “I Have a Dream.” …Read more
Rosa Parks, 1913-2005
On this day in 1955 a 42 year-old woman in Montgomery, Alabama, made history for something she didn’tdo.
When bus driver James Blake told 4 African-Americans to give their seats to white patrons, 3 of them did so. Rosa Parks, a department store employee on her way home, refused to move. Blake threatened to have her arrested. She replied, “You may do that.”
Rosa Parks wasn’t the first African-American woman to …Read more
“Susan B. Anthony is not on trial; the United States is on trial.”
– Matilda Joslyn Gage
Susan B. Anthony
Women’s Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. The amendment gave American women the long-fought-for right to vote. One of the most vocal and influential activists for women’s suffrage was Susan B. Anthony. In fact, in Massachusetts it’s Susan B. Anthony Day today, in …Read more
July 18 (not an official holiday in South Africa)
“We must accept the fact that in our country we cannot win one single victory of political freedom without overcoming a desperate resistance on the part of the Government, and that victory will not come of itself but only as a result of a bitter struggle by the oppressed people for the overthrow of racial discrimination…
The theory that we can sit with folded arms and wait for a …Read more