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Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis is where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. While it was powerful to visit this site, I decided not to go to the Civil Rights Museum as I feel it does not represent the legacy of MLK. If you want to know more about why I came to this decision, google Jacqueline Smith and the protests of the museum.

National Civil Rights Museum
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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr. ✌️✌🏻✌🏼✌🏽✌🏾✌🏿 #love #standwithafrica #blacklivesmatter #unityindiversity #respect #peace #equality #standasone #loveall #united #civilrights #womenempowerment #womenofcolor #pride #usa #lgbt #beautiful


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"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." #inktober day 15 #josephinebaker .
via afterellen: Baker quickly became the darling of famous artists and intellectuals living in Europe such as Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and her revue toured Europe to massive acclaim.
Over the next several years, Baker opened her own club, performed on stage with her pet cheetah, Chiquita, recorded songs, & starred in movies. By 1927, two years after first setting foot in Paris, she was earning more than any entertainer in Europe.

She was much more than just a performer, however. In 1939, when France declared war on Germany, Baker became a Red Cross nurse. She was then recruited by French military intelligence. When Germany invaded France, Baker continued to carry information for transmission to England about airfields, harbors, and German troop concentrations in France. Her notes were written in invisible ink on her voluminous sheet music.

Baker returned to the U.S. again in 1948. She insisted on nondiscrimination clauses in her contracts and integrated audiences at her performances.
Baker was married 4 times and had relationships with many women including, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo,
Ada “Bricktop” Smith and the French novelist Colette.
Baker died in 1975, at the age of 69. Even though she lived in some of Europe’s most libertine places and, as a performer, would have cavorted regularly with gay people, she almost certainly came from a background in which public homosexuality was condemned.
#inktober2017 #lgbtqhistory #lgbthistory #lgbtq #lgbt #bi #queer #queerart #picasso #hemingway #frida #fridakahlo #drawing #art #illustration #drawingoftheday #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #instaart #cheetah #vaudeville #blackhistorymonth #paris #france #civilrights


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I’m so honored to be included in the #TooBusyLovin installation in Midtown. Thanks @rainbrosatl! #Atlanta #CivilRights #Equality #Activism 📷 @mrs_slip

Atlanta, Georgia
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Today, Oct. 21 is the memorial service of this real-life superhero Maryam Mirzakhani at Stanford. At the age 17 and ten years before immigrating to America, she won two gold medals in the International Mathematics Olympiad. At age 37, she became the first-ever woman in histroy to win the Fields Medal of Mathematics. Three years later at the age of 40, she lost her battle against breast cancer on July 15, 2017. Deepest condolences to her young child and her loved ones. May she and her soul Rest In Peace. To learn more about her + other amazing women in a Girl-Empowerment Children's Book series, visit ❇️➡️Link in Bio⬅️❇️ #superhero
#girl #strong #power #strongwomen #empowerment #inspiration #inspire #women #womensrights #science #nevergiveup #first #education #school #teacher #womensmarch #womensrights #newbook #genderequality #inspiring
#inspiringwomen #empoweringwomen #empower #civilrights #math #maryammirzakhani #mentor #matholympiad #fieldsmedal


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Illustration of civil rights icon Sylvia Mendez by children’s book illustrator John Parra.
In 1943, Sylvia Mendez, then 9 years old, and her two brothers went with
their aunt and three cousins to enroll at the 17th Street School in Westminster, CA. School officials told her aunt that her children, who were half-Mexican but
had light skin & a French surname, could register at the "white" elementary school, but the Mendez kids, who were dark skinned and had a Mexican last name, were not allowed; they had to enroll at the "Mexican" school 10 blocks away.
Mendez's parents (Mexican & Puerto Rican immigrants) sued the school district in what turned out to be a ground-breaking civil rights case that helped outlaw almost 100 years of segregation in California & was a precedent seven years later for the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.
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Segregation was standard practice in 1940s California (Asian & Native
children also attended separate schools). In 1855, the state legislature said school boards could not use public funds to educate non-white students. Until the Mendez case, the logic of "separate but equal", which was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson, was the law of the land. ◼️
On March 18, 1946, Judge Paul J. McCormick ruled that the "segregation prevalent in the defendant school districts foster antagonisms in the children and suggest inferiority among them where none exists" & that the equal protection clause had been violated.
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"That was radical for the time," says Chris Arriola, a Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney. “That decision overturned a law that said segregation was OK." Thurgood Marshall, who wrote the NAACP's friend of the court brief for Mendez v. Westminster, used the decision as precedent when he argued Brown v. Board of Education in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the triumphs of Mendez v. Westminster, the case remains largely unknown & unacknowledged. The California State Board of Education does not include the case in its K-12 content standards. Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Westminster, California
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Provocative trailblazer Jackie Ormes was the first black woman cartoonist and a civil rights activist whose cartoon characters took on racism, sexism and free speech 🙌
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#jackieormes #feminism #radicalfeminist #radicalfeminism #civilrights #womensliberation #femaleliberation #girlsrule #girlswhokissgirls #lgb #blm #endracism #amerikkka #dobetter


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