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Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired'

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

from the Guardian

#BlackWomenDidThat: Twitter campaign celebrates American pioneers

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Fifty years after Selma, Alabama at the heart of a new civil rights struggle

Half a century ago, the Selma to Montgomery march represented a watershed in modern American life. But this weekend, activists will fight in Alabama with a broader focus – for change in gay rights, immigration and the environment

Medgar Evers, civil rights activist & NAACP field secretary. He led efforts to overturn segregation at the Univ. of Mississippi, organized boycotts of gas stations that denied Blacks use of their restrooms, vocally supported Clyde Kennard, and drove attention to the murder of Emmett Till, making him a prominent Black leader. He was shot in the back in his driveway by a white supremacist from the White Citizens' Council; it would take 30 years before the known killer would be convicted…

from the Guardian

Natalie Cole, singer and daughter of Nat King Cole, dies aged 65

Cole’s publicist, Maureen O’Connor, said the singer died on Thursday night, but there were no immediate details about how or where Cole died

from the Guardian

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce birth of baby boy

The superstar couple welcome North West’s sibling on Saturday in a Twitter post

from BBC News

What was behind the Bristol bus boycott?

Fifty years have passed since campaigners overturned a ban on ethnic minorities working on Bristol's buses. It was a watershed in the fight for equality.