Category Archives: African-American Civil Rights

Three teens killed in Orangeburg massacre 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 8 1968)


Video: 'The Forgotten Orangeburg South Carolina Israelite Massacre'

(Thursday, February 8, 1968, approx. 10:30 p.m. EST; during the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — Three African-American college students (Samuel Hammond Jr., 18, Henry Smith, 19, and Delano Middleton, 17) were killed and 27 others were wounded tonight in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, South Carolina, during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley. Continue reading Three teens killed in Orangeburg massacre 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 8 1968)

Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)


Video: 'American Experience Truman 2 of 3' (Feb. 2, 1948, at 39:49)

(Monday, February 2, 1948) — President Harry S. Truman sent a special message to Congress today on civil rights, announcing the he had “instructed the secretary of defense to take steps to have the remaining instances of discrimination in the armed services eliminated as rapidly as possible.” Continue reading Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)

Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)


Video: 'Eartha Kitt Said Black Lives Matter in 1968'

(Thursday, January 18, 1968, at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST) — Singer Eartha Kitt, having debuted as the third actress to play the role of Catwoman in the Batman TV series a month ago, stunned other guests at a White House luncheon today when she angrily told Lady Bird Johnson that American youth was rebelling because of the Vietnam War. Continue reading Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)

LBJ talks Vietnam, presses programs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1968)


Video: 'President Johnson's 1968 State of the Union Address, 1/17/68. MP200.'

(Wednesday, January 17, 1968, 9:05 p.m. EST; during the Vietnam War and the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson said tonight he’s not yet satisfied that Hanoi had met his requirements for a bombing halt of North Vietnam and he outlined an expanded program of legislation for the cities and the hard-core unemployed, in his 1968 State of the Union Address. Continue reading LBJ talks Vietnam, presses programs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1968)

Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder fired for racial remarks 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 16 1988)


Video: 'Jimmy The Greek Ruins His Career'

(Saturday, January 16, 1988)Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was dismissed by CBS Sports today, one day after the veteran commentator made derogatory racial comments about athletes. Continue reading Jimmy ‘The Greek’ Snyder fired for racial remarks 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 16 1988)

King celebrates 39th birthday 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1968)


Video: 'Eyes On The Prize - (Part 10) The Promised Land 1967–1968' (Jan. 15, 1968, at 18:02)

(Monday, January 15, 1968, 2:00 p.m. EST; during the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., recruiting volunteers and raising money for the Poor People’s Campaign, took a few minutes today to celebrate his 39th (and as it turned out, his final) birthday today at a surprise party at Ebenezer Baptist’s old educational building in Atlanta. Continue reading King celebrates 39th birthday 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1968)

Supreme Court orders Oklahoma to admit African-Americans to law school 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD


Video: 'A Tribute to Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher'

(Monday, January 12, 1948) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, unanimously ruled today that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, ordering the admission of Ada Lois Sipuel, a 24-year-old African-American. Continue reading Supreme Court orders Oklahoma to admit African-Americans to law school 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premieres in New York City 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1967)


Video: 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' trailer

(Monday, December 11, 1967, 8:30 p.m. EST) — An aging white couple’s liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to an African-American doctor in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, an American comedy-drama film that premiered tonight at the Victoria Theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ premieres in New York City 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1967)

Seven found guilty in ‘Mississippi Burning’ trial 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1967)


Image: Neshoba County Sheriff Lawrence A. Rainey, right, and deputy Cecil Price, center, pass a Meridian policeman en route to court on Oct. 11, 1967.

(Friday, October 20, 1967, 9:12 a.m. CDT; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)) — A federal jury of white Mississippians convicted Mississippi Deputy Sheriff Cecil R. Price and six other defendants today in Meridian, Mississippi, for participating in a Ku Klux Klan conspiracy to murder three young civil rights workers in 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Continue reading Seven found guilty in ‘Mississippi Burning’ trial 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 20 1967)

Thurgood Marshall sworn-in as first African-American justice on U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 2 1967)


Video: '"Thurgood Marshall Nominated to Supreme Court" (Washington DC, 6/13/1967)'

(Monday, October 2, 1967, morning EDT; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68))Thurgood Marshall was sworn in today by Chief Justice Earl Warren as the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice in the nation’s history. Continue reading Thurgood Marshall sworn-in as first African-American justice on U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 2 1967)