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  • Black codes were restrictive laws designed to limit the freedom of formerly enslaved black people and ensure their availability as a cheap labor force after slavery was abolished during the Civil War. Though the Union victory had given some 4 million slaves their freedom, the question of freed blacks’ status in the postwar South was still very much unresolved.

  • Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.

  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born into slavery on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.  Wells is noted as a civil rights leader, journalist, newspaper editor and suffragist. 

  • Solidarity marches for U.S. protesters rippling around the world reached Israel on Tuesday where hundreds of protesters waved “Black Lives Matter” signs and chanted “George Floyd.”

  • Black women's history matters in medicine.

    Read ProPublica's feature piece on how the US is the most dangerous industrialized country in which to give birth, and racial disparities in maternal mortality make it even worse for Black Women: https://www.propublica.org/article/nothing-protects-black-women-from-dying-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth.  And they're seeking your help in understanding the problem. If you nearly died during pregnancy or know someone who died due to childbirth related causes, check out this page for more information:http://propub.li/2Ae5RMi At0:54, a previous version of this chart mistakenly said "deaths per 1,000 live births," but it is "100,000" instead. The error has been fixed.  Source: vox.com

  • Thomas Jefferson is remembered as a progressive man who wrote the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an abomination, yet he was also a slaveholder himself who fathered several children by a woman he owned. Martha Teichner reports.

  • The Buffalo Soldiers were established on July 28, 1866 when Congress passed the Army Organization Act. This Act authorized the creation of four new cavalry regiments, two which would be composed of African American troops.

  • One of the most influential journalists of the twentieth century, Carl Thomas Rowan was born August 11, 1925 in Ravenscroft, Tennessee to Thomas and Johnnie Rowan.  Rowan excelled early in life with a commitment towards education; he graduated class president and valedictorian from Bernard High School in 1942.

  • Civil Rights leader and former Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Roy Wilkins was born on August 30, 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri. Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1923.

  • Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948–December 4, 1969) was an activist for the NAACP and the Black Panther Party. At age 21, Hampton was fatally shot alongside a fellow activist Mark Clark. during a law enforcement raid.

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