This Day in History

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Freedmen's Bureau | Zinn Education Project

March 3, 1865: Freedmen’s Bureau Established

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was established within the War Department to undertake the relief effort and social reconstruction after the Civil War.
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Slavery and Resistance
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Julia Hayden | Zinn Education Project

March 1, 1874: White League Formed

A group of Confederate veterans in Louisiana formed the White League with the goal of using terrorism to undermine Reconstruction.
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Racism & Racial Identity
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Clifton Walker (Photo) | Zinn Education Project

Feb. 28, 1964: Clifton Walker Murdered

Clifton Walker was murdered by the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan while on his way home from his late work shift at the International Paper plant in Mississippi.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Feb. 27, 1973: Activists Occupy Wounded Knee

About 250 Sioux Indians, led by members of the American Indian Movement, converged on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, launching the famous 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Organizing
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Feb. 26, 1965: Jimmie Lee Jackson Murdered

Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by an Alabama state troopers during a peaceful voting rights march on Feb. 18. and died eight days later.
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Feb. 26, 2012: Trayvon Martin Murdered

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, was murdered. The death of Martin and acquittal of the man who shot him sparked the national and global Movement for Black Lives.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Bethune Du Bois Mann 1950

Feb. 23, 1868: W. E. B. Du Bois Born

W. E. B. Du Bois, sociologist, historian, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor, was one of the most important activist scholars of the 20th century.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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