Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

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She was a singer, a poet, a civil rights activist and more. Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou.

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RIP Franklin McCain

Feb. 1, 1960:  Franklin McCain, along with three other students, went to the Woolworth’s and sat at the lunch counter.  They were refused service.  Each day they returned with more people.  Across the nation, others staged sit-ins as well.

He was one of the Greensboro Four.  Story here.

Willie Louis, 1937-2013

His name was Willie Reed, and he was 18 years old when he saw two white men drive into a barn with two black boys in the back.  He was there when they screamed until the screaming stopped.  And the next day he learned that Emmett Till’s body had been dumped in the Tallahatchie River.

He agreed to testify.  Then he moved to Chicago and changed his name.

Story here and here.