A. Phillip Randolph was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson . This color photograph shows Randolph and Johnson shaking hands at the award ceremony in the White House. Randolph spent years as a labor union leader and activist fighting for civil rights and worker’s rights. A dedicated socialist […]Read more "A. Phillip Randolph Awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964)"
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference went on a fact finding mission to Lebanon. The PLO had based themselves their continuing their struggle against Israel. What the SCLC was doing was attempting to do was have broker a peaceful resolution to Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The picture shows C.T. Vivian longtime civil and human rights activist consulting […]Read more "C.T. Vivian Consults With Yasser Arafat (1979)"
Abdurlrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori was an emir of Futa Jallon. This kingdom was located in what is now modern Guinea.His father expanded the Islamic confederation becoming Almami ( the title of West African Muslim kings ) and making Timbo the capital. This engraving of Abdurlrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori was produced in 1828. It was the […]Read more "Emir Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori Engraving (1828)"
When Americans came to Vietnam, they brought their racism and prejudice with them. Although the military was integrated at the time, racial tensions were still prevalent. African Americans did military service for a country that did not even provide the most basic rights. The soldiers seen in the photograph are holding the flag of the […]Read more "American Soldiers Waving The Confederate Flag in Vietnam (1960s)"
Sammy Davis Jr. was performing at a Republican Youth Rally in Miami, Florida. President Richard M. Nixon was present at the event. When he walked on stage, Sammy Davis gave him a hug. This was very ironic considering President Nixon’s open race prejudice. Prior to the election of 1972, Davis was invited to the White […]Read more "Sammy Davis Jr. Hugs Richard M. Nixon (1972)"
Shirley Chisholm become the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Jet provided coverage of her campaign in 1972. She was also the first woman to participate in a United States presidential debate. During this period in American history, there was much political turbulence. The Vietnam War, civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, […]Read more "Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Campaign Coverage in Jet Magazine (1972)"
Coretta Scott King appears at the signing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day bill. Ever since the loss of her husband she worked hard to make it a federal holiday. An activist in her own right she was a supporter of women ‘s rights, the gay rights movement, and was dedicated to anti-war causes. […]Read more "Coretta Scott King Attends the Signing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bill (1983)"
Toys R Us was a large toy store chain can trace its origins back to 1948. It had stores internationally with stores in Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, and Switzerland. Yet, this retail chain was distinctly an American company. It was a large part of American childhoods through the generations. Toy R Us filed […]Read more "Toys R Us Commercial (1982)"
Russell Means a longtime activist of the American Indian Movement appears in this video addressing the US Senate. The hearing took place in 1989. This was a period of a resurgent conservatism directed by the Ronald Reagan administration. Matters related to race relations were either ignored or met with hostility. The Bush administration was not […]Read more "Russell Means Testifies Before The Senate (1989)"
Golda Meir when she was foreign minister of Israel made a visit to the United States. President John F. Kennedy took a different approach to Israel than previous administrations. Arms embargoes were to be lifted and a new military alliance was to be formed. This would have large consequences in both the later half of […]Read more "John F. Kennedy Meets With Golda Meir(1962)"