This Day in History

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Peppler Blackwell (photo) | Zinn Education Project

April 1, 1965: Blackwell v. Issaquena Board of Education

The civil rights suit of Blackwell v. Issaquena Board of Education was filed on behalf of 300 African-American students from several schools across Issaquena County in Mississippi who had been suspended for wearing and distributing “freedom” buttons.
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education
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Scottsboro Nine

March 25, 1931: Scottsboro Nine

Nine young African Americans, were falsely charged with rape and collectively served more than 100 years in prison.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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United States Marine Corps in the Iraq War

March 20, 2003: Iraq War Invasion

It's worth pausing to note how profoundly corporate textbooks mis-educate our students on the years of warfare in Iraq.
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Clarence Earl Gideon's Petition

March 18, 1963: Gideon v. Wainwright

The ruling of Gideon v. Wainwright required states to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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