List of Jim Crow law examples by state A Black American drinks from a segregated water cooler in 1939 at a streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City. State-sponsored school segregation was repudiated by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education. Generally, segregation and discrimination were outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Alabama ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movement that has been taught in countless classrooms and influenced generations of readers. Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told The Sun Herald there had been complaints about the book. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” he said. “It’s still in our library.
Lesson of the Day: ‘How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America’ Find all our Lessons of the Day here. Featured Article: “How Black Lives Matter Reached Every Corner of America” The killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in May while in police custody in Minneapolis, has incited protests across the country and around the world. Some demonstrations against police violence and racial injustice are still taking place months later. Declaration of Independence: A Transcription Note: The following text is a transcription of the Stone Engraving of the parchment Declaration of Independence (the document on display in the Rotunda at the National Archives Museum.) The spelling and punctuation reflects the original. In Congress, July 4, 1776
History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names The lynching report is part of a longer project Mr. Stevenson began several years ago. One phase involved the erection of historical markers about the extensive slave markets in Montgomery. The city and state governments were not welcoming of the markers, despite the abundance of Civil War and civil rights movement memorials in Montgomery, but Mr. Stevenson is planning to do the same thing elsewhere. Around the country, there are only a few markers noting the sites of lynchings. Racial Wealth Gap: Statistics, Causes, How to Close It The racial wealth gap in the United States is the disparity in median wealth between the different races. This gap is most pronounced between white households and racial minorities. Whites have more wealth than black, Latino, and Native-American households. What Is the Racial Wealth Gap? The racial wealth gap is larger than most whites imagine. They think that black Americans' wealth is about 80% that of whites.1 In fact, data from the U.S.
Illustration of Kamala Harris and Ruby Bridges goes viral There's so much history packed into a now-viral illustration that depicts Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walking next to a wall with her shadow transformed into the silhouette of a famous painting of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges. The drawing, created by San Francisco-based artist Bria Goeller for satirical clothing company WTF America, is being shared widely, including by Bridges herself. "I am Honored to be a part of this path and Grateful to stand alongside you, Together with Our fellow Americans, as we step into this Next Chapter of American History!"
Teaching Activities for: ‘A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.’ Before reading the article: Examine the Times graphic below, or a larger version here. What does the map show, and from what time period? 2. Who is Bryan Stevenson and what does his organization do, and why? The Color Line - Zinn Education Project Attack on Apalachicola River. The fort had provided home and safety to more than 300 African and Choctaw families. Painting by Jackson Walker, Museum of Florida Art. Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin James S. Brady Press Briefing Room THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session. The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s going to obviously be a whole range of issues -- immigration, economics, et cetera -- we'll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions. The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week -- the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday.
Still Separate, Still Unequal: Teaching about School Segregation and Educational Inequality Racial segregation in public education has been illegal for 65 years in the United States. Yet American public schools remain largely separate and unequal — with profound consequences for students, especially students of color. Today’s teachers and students should know that the Supreme Court declared racial segregation in schools to be unconstitutional in the landmark 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education. Perhaps less well known is the extent to which American schools are still segregated. What Did Rosa Parks Really Achieve 60 Years Ago? The story of Rosa Parks's arrest goes something like this: A little after 6 p.m., 60 years ago today, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to move from the white section of the city bus to the rear reserved for blacks. The offense on her arrest record was simply labeled "misc." for miscellaneous. Within the hour, Parks had been booked for violating Montgomery's Chapter 6, Section 11 code. Within five days, the 42-year-old seamstress had made her way into the public record, as The New York Times reported the growing story of the bus boycott organized by the African-American community and a young preacher named Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly 90 percent of Montgomery's black population participated in the boycott, ultimately leading to the end of the color ban on public buses within the city.