Today In Black History


Black History, Black Power, Medgar Evers, NAACP, US Army -

  June 12, 1963 - Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader, is assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. In the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi, African American civil rights leader Medgar Evers is shot to death by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. During World War II, Evers volunteered for the U.S. Army and participated in the Normandy invasion. In 1952, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a field worker for the NAACP, Evers traveled through his home state encouraging poor African Americans to register to vote and recruiting them into the civil...

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African American, Black History, Black Power, Soilder, US Army -

  June 14, 1864 - Congress rules that African American soldiers must receive equal pay.   Wed, 1864-06-15 *On this date in 1864, Congress passed the enrollment Act that authorized equal pay for Black soldiers. During the Civil War, African-Americans formed 166 regiments and fought almost 500 battles. In so doing they earned 23 Congressional Medals of Honor. Despite these achievements, they suffered from discrimination and prejudice. In early June 1864, Private Sylvester Ray of the 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry was recommended for trial because he refused to accept pay inferior to that of white soldiers. First Lieutenant Edwin Hughes...

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