This Day in History

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July 4, 1910: Jack Johnson Defeats James J. Jeffries

African American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson successfully defended his title by knocking out James J. Jeffries, who had come out of retirement "to win back the title for the White race" in Reno, Nevada.
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports
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July 2, 1839: The Amistad Mutiny

Africans on the Cuban schooner Amistad rose up against their captors, seizing control of the ship, which had been transporting them to chattel slavery.
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Slavery and Resistance
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June 28, 1969: Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots occurred when police arrived at the Stonewall Inn to arrest any individuals found to be cross-dressing. This was a milestone in a long history of LGBTQ+ activism.
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, LGBTQ, Organizing
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June 27, 2015: Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag

While politicians debated the implications of taking down the Confederate flag after the white supremacist murder of nine African Americans at Emmanuel AME Church, Bree Newsome scaled the South Carolina state flag pole and took the flag down.
Themes: African American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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