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Today in African-American history: Honoring Robert Robinson Taylor

Taylor was the first academically trained black architect in the U.S. and the first black graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Today in African-American history: Fifteenth amendment ratified

The Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits denying citizens the right to vote based on their "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."


Hearing is last chance to block NC restrictions before 2014 election

"The hearing in North Carolina is one with national implications," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.


Today in women's history: Civil rights leader and suffragist Ida B. Wells died

Wells was an outstanding civil rights activist and journalist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Today in labor history: Radical Reconstruction and 40 acres and a mule

In 1866, Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to a bill requiring 40 acre plots be parceled out to former slaves from both confiscated and public land in the former slave South.


Protest immigration raid vs. workers standing up for rights

Don't look now, but the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency may be back to its old tricks.


Construction workers more likely to die on the job

Over their careers, construction workers have a one in 200 chance of dying on the job, five times what the government considers the "significant" risk.


Union construction jobs at stake Nov. 2

Midterm elections are next week and union construction jobs are up for grabs in California. Nonunion building contractors in the state, hungry for a bigger share of public sector projects in the wake of the building bust, have taken their fight with labor to the ballot box.