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BLACK HISTORYAfrican-American History

After the Death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, an attorney general ordered an investigation to be done. The investigation included percentage of African Americans being threatened in Ferguson. The investigation found that 67% of the population in Ferguson is African Americans. 85% of the African Americans were subject to vehicle stops. 90% who received citations were of the black race, and 93% of them had been arrested. 88% of the cases in Ferguson had reports of the police using force on African American. These findings were made public and Ferguson’s Justice Department is expected to have a court-supervised meeting regarding changes they are going to make to the police and court system.


Rosa Parks

In 1954 the U.S. supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine the was made for the state-sanctioned discrimination. The federal government made legislative headway with initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Many leaders from within the African American community and beyond rose to prominence during the Civil Rights era, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Andrew Goodman and others. They risked—and sometimes lost—their lives in the name of freedom and equality.

Civil Rights Movement

In Oakland California, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs.

King received frequent death threats due to his prominence in the Civil Rights Movement. He had confronted the risk of death and made that recognition part of his philosophy. He taught that murder could not stop the struggle for equal rights. While Martin Luther King was staying at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis a colleague had told the House Select Committee on Assassination that king and he had been staying in room 306 at the Motel know as “King-Abernathy Suite”Martin Luther King was standing on his balcony when he was shot. After King’s death the news of the assassination prompted outbreaks of violence. This resulted in 40 deaths nationwide. It also caused major property damage in over 100 American Cities. The King family filed a lawsuit against Jowers the King’s believed that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the U.S. government. In court the jury had enough evidence from the Jowers and “others were part of conspiracy to kill king” (wikipedia)

1966- Black Panther Party

Martin Luther King Jr

Rose Parks was a black women who was discriminated against. Rosa Parks was on a split black and white bus when she was told by the bus driver to give up her seat to a white person. Rosa refused, she was not going to give her seat up to that person. The bus driver then called the police and Rosa was arrested. She was arrested on December 1st. December fist is now celebrated in California and Ohio as Rosa Park's day. Rosa is known for the bus boycott and also the mother of the freedom movement.


Black Panther Party

Martin Luther King


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