Category Archives: Rights

The Women Who Infiltrated the Boston Marathon

With the inception of the modern Olympic games, which occurred in 1896, in Athens, Greece, the overseers of the games wanted to ensure that there was an event that would pay proper homage to the ancient glory of Greece. The event chosen by the International Olympic Committee was the marathon. The marathon was such a successful event that America wanted to hold their own annual event. This was the birth of the longest-running,… Read More »

Martin Luther King, Jr. the Historian (Reflections on “Letter from Birmingham Jail”)

In reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” I could not help but sit in awe as I read his lengthy letter written from inside a jail cell. This letter, written in response to “A Call for Unity,” an article written by eight, white, Alabama clergymen, was to serve as a response to those who believed that King acted inappropriately for coming to Birmingham, Alabama, as an… Read More »

Hoxie, Arkansas, the Little Rock Nine, and the Media

Watching the documentaries Hoxie: The First Stand and Eyes on the Prize, I could not help but notice several similarities and differences in both areas’ attempts at integrating schools. As both Arkansas schools attempted integration in the classrooms, outside agitators brought conflict to an already tense setting. Both the town of Hoxie and the Little Rock Nine were greatly impacted by the media; however, one negatively and one positively. In… Read More »

Montgomery Improvement Association

From the inception of the Montgomery bus boycott, various individuals and organizations worked together to ensure the success of the bus boycott. The organization that had the most profound impact on the movement was the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). Ironically, the MIA would come to fruition due to the Montgomery bus boycott. On December 5, 1955, ninety percent of the city’s blacks boycotted the buses. Having seen the boycott as… Read More »

National War Labor Board’s Affect on Union Growth

The attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, was the event that set into action the United States’ full involvement into World War II. In the following month, President Franklin Roosevelt would pass numerous Executive Orders. One of these, Executive Order 9017, reestablished the National War Labor Board. This committee was originally created in 1918, by Woodrow Wilson, but was disbanded in 1919. It was created to settle disputes… Read More »

The Communist Party and the Civil Rights Movement

When one thinks of the obstacles that blacks had to overcome in America, there are a few obvious obstructions: the Ku Klux Klan, poll taxes, and Jim Crow laws. One not so obvious, however, was the Communist Party. The Communist Party and the Civil Rights Movement promised to be a mutually beneficial relationship; however, it turned sour, very quickly. As a nation, the American people detest communism. Unfortunately, this hate… Read More »