"What began as one of Dizzy’s famous practical jokes, and a way to raise money for CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) and other civil rights organizations became something more, a way for Dizzy’s fans to imagine an alternative to the “millionaire’s-only” club represented by Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater."
If by chance you find an #Original #CampaignButton, you will possess a collector's item from the #CivilRightsEra
Inspiration to research a joke, made by President Obama hosting Jazz at the White House ~ 2016.
Dizzy For President, gifted with one of the most amiable stage presences in the #jazz business; could work a crowd into a frenzy not only with the fireworks from his horn, but also with his glib vocal antics.
HOUSTON -- The family of Sandra Bland has reached a settlement in its federal wrongful death lawsuit against Texas authorities ...
Attorney Cannon Lambert said combined settlements with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Waller County jail will pay the family $1.9 million.
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night...
"Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: 'We don't serve colored people here.'
"I said: 'That's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.'
"About that time these three cousins come in, you know the ones I mean, Klu, Kluck, and Klan, and they say: 'Boy, we're givin' you fair warnin'. Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' About then the waitress brought me my chicken. 'Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you.' So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken, and I kissed it."
Gregory, an ardent opponent of the war in Vietnam and championed numerous other progressive causes; ran an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Chicago against notorious political boss, Richard Daley, in 1967.
In 1968, Dick Gregory again tried his hand at politics, this time as the Presidential nominee for the Freedom & Peace Party, a splinter group from the Peace & Freedom Party, a party that emerged out of the civil rights and anti-war movements.
The abolitionist John Brown remains one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century. During a few years of fame before his fateful raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Americans either regarded him as a noble hero or a dangerous fanatic.
After his execution on December 2, 1859, Brown became a martyr to those opposed to slavery. And the controversy over his actions and his fate helped stoke the tensions that pushed the United States to the brink of Civil War.
Carla Hayden became the 14th Librarian of Congress today. She is the first person to hold the position who isn't a white man, and she faces a huge change in how we interact with information.
CARLA HAYDEN: People of my race were once punished with lashes and worse for learning to read.
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