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#BlackHistoryMonth-Mississippi legislature is honoring Vernon Dahmer at the State Capitol in #JacksonMS next Monday. Sen. John Horhn said, “He was a champion of equal protection under the law. He was a champion of voting rights. He was a champion of all people having economic freedom.”

Vernon Ferdinand Dahmer, a wealthy businessman, offered to pay poll taxes for those who couldn’t afford the fee required to vote. The night after a radio station broadcasted Dahmer’s offer, his home was firebombed. Dahmer died later from severe burns.

71408 0564 photonegative.tif MISSISSIPPI:Vernon Dahmer Firebombing (1968)

71408 0564 photonegative.tif MISSISSIPPI:Vernon Dahmer Firebombing (1968)

2015 Women's History Month STEM Biography Series Roundup

2015 Women's History Month STEM Biography Series Roundup

The 1st African American motormen in Los Angeles. In the early 1940s, the Rev. Clayton Russell's Los Angeles Negro Victory Committee and his People's Independent Church of Christ was fighting for equal opportunity and social justice in Los Angeles.  This included gaining motormen and conductor opportunities for African Americans on the Los Angeles Railway, and a halt to prejudice by labor unions.

First black bus drivers It took that long to allow them to drive a bus. Now they have become doctors, lawyers, and every other high end profession. I apologize for my white brothers foolishness of the past.

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Sylvester Magee (1841-1971) The man who lived 130 years

Civil War veteran Sylvester Magee lived to be 130 years old . He was likely the last living human being who possessed any firsthand memory of the trials of the Civil War or institutionalized slavery.

June 10, 1966 · Natchez, Mississippi Ben Chester White, who had worked most of his life as a caretaker on a plantation, had no involvement in civil rights work. He was murdered by Klansmen who thought they could divert attention from a civil rights march by killing a black person.

Ben Chester White, who had worked most of his life as a caretaker on a plantation, had no involvement in civil rights work. He was murdered by Klansmen who thought they could divert attention from a civil rights march by killing a black person.

Anthony Bowen purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland and founded the…

Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for Black Americans in This was one of the first organizations for Black Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to.

Civil Rights Martyrs

Mack Charles Parker, was accused of raping a white woman. Three days before his case was set for trial, a masked mob took him from his jail cell, beat him, shot him and threw him in the Pearl River.

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Mississippi's currency after leaving The Union.

March 11, 1965 · Selma, Alabama Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.

James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston, was among many white clergymen who joined the Selma marchers after the attack by state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Reeb was beaten to death by white men while he walked down a Selma street.

1965  February 26, 1965 · Marion, Alabama Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.