The Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington, DC, was held on this date in 1958. Jackie Robinson, Asa Philip Randolph, and Harry Belafonte led the march, which included some 10,000 students.
Clarence "Willie" Norris, the last survivor of the Scottsboro Boys, was given a full pardon by Alabama Governor, George Wallace, on this date in 1976. Forty-five years earlier, Norris and eight other Black men were falsely charged with raping two white women.
Grenada was invaded by the United States and a small Caribbean force, on this date in 1983, following the assassination of the Prime Minister of Grenada. The supposed purpose of the invasion was to depose a Marxist regime seeking control.
Two Ku Klux Klan groups and 12 other individuals were ordered, to pay nearly $1 million to 53 civil rights marchers on this date in 1988. They attacked the marchers during a 1987 march in Forsyth County, GA.
A nation-wide manhunt for a fictitious Black car-jacker and kidnapper of two children began on this date in 1994. Susan Smith, a South Carolina white woman, perpetrated this hoax and was arrested for the murder of her two children nine days later.
The Million Woman March, which reportedly drew nearly two million Black women, was held in Philadelphia, PA, on this date in 1997. Sistah Souljah, Winnie Mandela, Dorothy Height, Maxine Waters, and Ava Muhammad were some of the featured speakers who discussed such issues as health care, schools, feminism, and welfare.
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