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Pearl Thompson was a student at Shaw University in 1942 when she walked over to a public library in Raleigh, N.C., to check out a book she was assigned to read for class.
DaJuawn Wallace was taught to ensure that he was in a safe, well-lit area before pulling over his car for a presumed traffic stop.
Last month was a big month for the civil rights community as the Supreme Court finally recognized same-sex marriage, but this wasn’t the only win. The Supreme Court also preserved the legal doctrine of disparate impact in a fair-housing case (pdf). While it doesn’t have the same direct, emotional impact as the gay-marriage case, the court’s decision regarding disparate impact is huge, and not just for equal rights in housing but also in other areas of civil rights law.
Some called her “Glorious Gloria.” Others referred to her as the second coming of Harriet Tubman. Coincidentally, activist Gloria Richardson was just 24 minutes away from a stop on the Underground Railroad when an iconic photo of her defiantly pushing away the bayonet of a National Guardsman was taken during a 1963 protest in Cambridge, Md. Her fearless, revolutionary deeds have become an inspiration for many black activists today.
The television network that made a household name out of NeNe Leakes and turned “housewives” into a synonym for backstabbing and hair-pulling has now turned its sights on America’s elite black families.