The 1928 Bunion Derby: America’s Brush with Integrated Sports

In the following account sports historian Charles Kastner describes the Bunion Derby, the 1928 cross country footrace that captured the nation’s attention in the spring of 1928 and the remarkable group of black runners who participated in that event. For a detailed discussion of the … Read MoreThe 1928 Bunion Derby: America’s Brush with Integrated Sports

Central Area School Council (1969-1975)

The Central Area School Council (CASC) was formed in 1969 at a time when community control of public schools was considered by many local activists as a more effective strategy than school integration in improving the performance of African American students.  Activists argued that with … Read MoreCentral Area School Council (1969-1975)

Deacons for Defense and Justice

Charles Sims holding Ku Klux Klan Clothing © Bettmann/Corbis On July 10, 1964, a group of African American men in Jonesboro, Louisiana led by Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas and Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick founded the group known as The Deacons for Defense and Justice to protect … Read MoreDeacons for Defense and Justice

James M. Nabrit Jr. (1900-1997)

NAACP Attorneys George E. C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall and James Nabrit, Jr. Outside the U.S. Supreme Court After the Brown Decision is Announced.  Image Courtesy of ©Bettmann-Corbis James Madison Nabrit, Jr., was a renowned civil rights lawyer, Howard University president, and United Nations deputy ambassador.  … Read MoreJames M. Nabrit Jr. (1900-1997)