Amelia Boynton Robinson, one of the prominent civil rights activists, who nearly died while leading what is known as the "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Alabama has died. She was 104. Mrs Robsinson championed voting rights for Blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama. In March 1965, beaten unconscious during the "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., she became the rallying symbol against the brutality of the police in South during the Civil Rights era.
He was one of the prominent early civil rights activists. One of the co-founders of Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee in early 1970s and a prominent leader of the anti-Vietnam War campaign, he chaired the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 30 years later. The man, Julian Bond, widely viewed, as stated by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), as "visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights", died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, after a short illness.
Commenting after his death, US President Obama said that "Julian Bond helped change this[US] country for the better - and what better way to be
A day after a landmark ruling cementing the foundation of Obamacare, the US Supreme Court handed yet another victory to
President Obama's administration by ruling that same-sex marriage is a civil right that states cannot ban.
Until recently, legalizing same-sex marriage was unthinkable in the United States. This did not deter gay rights advocates who have
continued their struggle, supported mostly by Democrats and Civil Rights activists. Several prominent business executives, such as
A suspected terrorist, Dylann Roof, 21, has killled 9 Black men and women in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, US. The suspected terrorist shot the 9 people during a prayer meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
The 9 people killed include:Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney,
He is well known for the hit classic songs "Stand By Me" and "Save the Last Dance for Me", that he sang with soulful voice. That voice that generations of listeners have learned to love with devotion has become silent. The voice is of the soul singer Ben E. King who died Thursday, ni New Jersey ay the age of 76.
Ben E. King, whose full name is Benjamin Earl Nelson, was born in North Carolina, USA. His parents moved to Harlem, New York when King was a
Another Black man is dead in the United States and the citizens have accused the police of murdering him. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from Baltimore died while in police custody. According to official statements, his spinal cord was severely injured. His voice box was crushed and his neck snapped before he slipped into a coma and died.
Anthony Ray Hinton was freed from jail after spending nearly 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, Anthony Ray Hinton, a 58 years old African-American, only said about the case: "All they had to do was to test the gun."
The US Supreme court ruled last year, after a second trial was opened, that Mr Hinton did not have adequate counsel during the first trial. During the
"Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation and fear. And they comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung:
No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.”
It is with this powerfully poignant description of the mindset of those who mached 50 years ago in Selma, that US President Barack Obama opened his speech to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches.
After four unclaimed awards in five years, Mo Ibrami Prize for Achievement in African Leadership prize for 2014 was awarded to the outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Mr Pohamba, a former independence movement freedom fighter who became president of Namibia for two terms, has won the $5 millions award, for leading and leaving behind "a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights, " Salim Ahmed Salim, the chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Prize Committee and former Chair of Organization of African Unity, now African Union, said while awarding the prize.
Did you watch the new TV Show called "Empire"? If not, do. Please do! The runaway success of the show about a family-run hip-hop music company has surprised the experts since it has started to air, four weeks ago.
“When I live down in the ghetto, every day I have to jump fence, police try and hold me, ya dig? Not for a week – for years! Years, till we have to get free now. It’s either you a bad, bad man and they shoot you down, or you make a move and show people improvement. It doesn’t have to be material, but in freedom of thinking," Bob Marley, the Rastafarian, iconic musician and freedom fighter told New York Professor Vivien Golman in 1979. Vivien Goldman, a former Public Relations for Bob Marley, teaches a course called "Marley and Post-Colonial Music".
Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held in the Unites States nationwide, on Monday January 19, 2015. The day was marked by massive march protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement. "This march is about reclaiming Martin Luther King. He was a radical organizer - he's been arrested, he believed in non-violence, but he was also disruptive," said Linda Sarsour, spokeswoman for the Justice League NYC, which organized the #Dream4Justice March, a well attended tribute and protest march.