February

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Today in black history: Civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson dies, becomes catalyst for Selma march

Twenty-six year old civil rights protester Jimmie Lee Jackson died this day, Feb. 26, 1965, from gunshot wounds inflicted by Alabama State Trooper after marching in a peaceful protest.

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Black history exhibit features Maryland protests of 1940s-50s

Struggles against segregation and for militant trade unionism in Maryland were the subject of a Feb. 23 Black History Month program sponsored by the Baltimore Marxist Labor Forum.

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The war in Newark, 1967

I sat for two hours copying word for word the reports of the gunshot wounds that ultimately killed 26 people in Newark. Most of them died from gunshot wounds in the back.

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Labor mobilizes to save Voting Rights Act

Voting rights were high on the agenda of the AFL-CIO's executive council meeting February 27 as the Supreme Court heard a challenge to Section 5 of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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Remember Trayvon Martin, with video

One year ago, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin because he thought the young man looked suspicious. And one year later, what happened that night still outrages us.

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Today in black history: Malcolm X assassinated

Malcolm became an influential figure to many African-Americans and supporters of civil rights and equality, and continues to be so today.

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Today in black history: Du Bois organized Pan African Congress

W.E.B. Du Bois was an early proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to free African colonies from European powers. The first of those was on Feb. 19,1919.

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INTERVIEW: Prof. Jamie Wilson, the Black Power Movement and lessons for today's activists

Prof. Jamie Wilson is giving a special People's World Black History Month teleconference presentation on Tues, Feb 19. This interview is a preview of the themes of his presentation.

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Today in black history: Civil rights pioneer Claudia Jones is born

Jones died in exile in Great Britain in 1964 at the age of 49, her health weakened from imprisonment in the U.S. because of her political activism.

Connecticut celebration highlights jobs and freedom

The event marks 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery and 50 years since the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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