At a memorial service at the Fort Hood Army base Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke about the recent shooting that left four dead — including the shooter — and more than a dozen injured, and called for increased support for Americans suffering from mental health issues.
On May 4, 1961, a few months before President Barack Obama was born, John Lewis and the rest of Freedom Riders were prepared to die as they rode public buses through the deep South to protest segregation.
Former President Bill Clinton emphasized the issue of voter ID laws during his speech Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit, saying they disenfranchise voters and do not align with the goals of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Bill Russell and Jim Brown were already using their status as high profile athletes to strengthen the civil rights movement in their early 20s — the same age-range in which many of today’s college students sit in classrooms learning about the impact the two decorated athlete-activists had.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Lyndon B. Johnson had an amicable relationship, even as King and others pressured Johnson to introduce new civil rights legislation, according to Andrew Young, former United Nations ambassador.