Category Archives: Civil Rights

Civil Rights Act honored, Voting Rights Act forgotten

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

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On Tuesday, a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act was held in the US Capitol rotunda. A Congressional Medal, which will be displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture, was presented to King’s children, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King III.

The work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and President Lyndon Baines Johnson was praised, and both the National Anthem and “We Shall Overcome” resonated through the hallowed halls—a fitting ceremony . . .

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Ruby Dee: Legendary actress and civil rights activist dies at 91

Ruby Dee (in 1972 publicity photo), legendary actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Ruby Dee (in 1972 publicity photo), legendary actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Dee died on Wednesday in her New Rochelle, New York, home surrounded by family. She was born to Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace, a cook, porter and waiter and Gladys Hightower, on Oct. 27, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was later raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Amelia Benson, a teacher, after Hightower left the family. Before marrying Ossie Davis, she was married to blues singer Frankie Dee Brown, hence Ruby Dee . . .

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