March 7, 2022 marks the 57th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomey, Alabama march, known as the “Bloody Sunday.” In 1965 civil rights activists and marchers were beaten by the police while trying to march to Montgomery. The annual event, this year, took place amid growing challenges to Voting Rights that were the foundation of the march. US leaders including President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have highlighted the importance of the day. On Sunday March 6, 2022 VP Kamala Harris visited Selma, participated in the annual Bridge Cross Jubilee, and adressed a crowd of thousands.
On Tuesday February 2, 2022 (2/2/22) the jury convicted the three white men accused of murdering 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black young man, while he was just on his routine jogging. The verdict confirmed what has been known all long: Ahmaud Arbery Was Murdered for "Jogging While Black" by white men known for pervasive racist behaviors.
Maya Angelou, legendary author, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist has been featured on the a coin minted by the US Treasury. She is first black woman ever featured on the US 25-cent coin, also known a quarter. The quarters featuring Maya Angelou and other trailblazing American women started shipping on January 10, 2022. Other women featured on quarters include: actress Anna May Wong; astronaut Sally Ride; the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller; and activist and politician Nina Otero-Warren.
On Wednesday November 24, 2021, the jury decided Wednesday to convict the three white men accused of murdering 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black, while he was just on his routine jogging. Ahmaud Arbery was murdered in Brunswick, GA, on Feb. 23, 2020. Three white men, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, were found guilty on several different counts.