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Emory Douglas Artwork | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Oct. 15, 1966: The Black Panther Party Founded

The Black Panther Party sought justice for African Americans and other oppressed communities through a combination of revolutionary theory, education, and community programs.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 16, 1859: Abolitionist Raid on Harpers Ferry

An abolitionist raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, WV -- in an attempt to start an armed revolt against the institution of slavery.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Slavery and Resistance
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Oct. 16, 1968: Olympics Black Power Salute

Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a symbolic protest while the U.S. national anthem was played in the Olympics.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports
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Oct. 17, 1920: Marie Equi Jailed

Marie Equi entered San Quentin prison to serve a one-year term for her anti-war protests.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Oct. 18, 1929: The Persons Case

The Persons Case, a legal milestone in Canada, established the right of women to sit in the Senate of Canada.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History
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Oct. 2, 1937: Parsley Massacre

Under the orders of U.S.-backed Dominican dictator President Rafael Trujillo, the execution of more than 20,000 Haitians began in what is now known as the Parsley Massacre at Massacre River.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Latinx, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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Oct. 2, 1968: Tlatelolco Massacre

Student demonstrators and other civilians were killed by the military and police in Mexico in advance of the 1968 Olympic Games.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Oct. 20, 1942: Durham Manifesto

The Southern Conference on Race Relations (SCRR) was held in Durham, NC to address dichotomy between African American soldiers fighting overseas in the name of democracy while in the U.S. they were facing racial violence and being denied basic human rights.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 22, 1955: John Earl Reese Murdered

In an effort to stop the implementation of Brown v. Board through terrorism, 16-yr-old John Earl Reese was killed in Mayflower, Texas.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Education, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 22, 1963: Chicago School Boycott

The Chicago Public School Boycott, also known as Freedom Day, was a mass boycott and demonstration against the segregationist policies.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Education
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Oct. 23, 1947: An Appeal to the World

The NAACP sent to the U.N. a document titled “An Appeal to the World,” to redress human rights violations the United States committed against its African-American citizens.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 24, 1970: Salvador Allende Became President of Chile

Salvador Allende became president of Chile and adopted policies for the social good such as raising minimum wage and increasing access to health care and education.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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