Category: Historical Profile

A profile of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the second Black regiment to be created during the American Civil War. Despite consisting entirely of Black infantrymen, sergeants, and corporals none were allowed to serve as officers and they received unequal pay during their time of service. The 54th Regiment led what became the famed attack on Fort Wagner during which it suffered heavy casualties.

Historical Profile

A profile of Fannie Lou Hamer, a community organizer and activist who contributed to various voter registration, economic, childcare, and education programs throughout Mississippi and the Southeast.

Historical Profile

A profile of Bayard Rustin, a political organizer who a protege of A. Philip Randolph and an assistant and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rustin worked behind the scenes as a key orchestrator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the March on Washington, and several other initiatives of the Civil Rights Movement.

Historical Profile

A profile of Daisy Bates, a journalist, civil rights activist, and co-owner of the Arkansas State Press. Bates was a member of the Arkansas branch of the NAACP and collaborated on the push to integrate Little Rock schools. She personally escorted Black children to newly integrated schools, among which was the group that would come to be known as the “Little Rock Nine.”

Historical Profile

Historical Profile