African American Eras Library by Meggin Condino

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Still, while African Americans in the business world reached the highest levels of success, African Americans as a population still earned only about two-thirds of what whites earned. Success in business sprang from new educational opportunities for African Americans. S. Supreme Court decision Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) had made racial segregation in public schools illegal, the process of desegregation in education took many years. In 1970, only around 40 percent of African Americans had finished high school.

After her wrongful imprisonment, Davis continued her Black Power campaign and rallied tirelessly for women’s rights and the end of poverty and oppression. She continues to write, speak, and protest on issues concerning civil rights, nuclear disarmament, and national health care. She remains an active member of the Communist Party. Activism and Reform ........................................................ H E A D L IN E M A K E RS Davis was born in 1944 in a segregated neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama.

Hutton is killed and Cleaver arrested. 1968 April 9 President Lyndon B. Johnson announces a national day of mourning for Martin Luther King Jr. 1968 June Angela Davis joins the Communist Party. ” Contemporary Times ......................................................................................... 1969 Black theologian James H. Cone publishes Black Theology and Black Power. 1970 Black Panther leader Huey Newton is acquitted of murder charges and released from prison. 1971 Jesse Jackson founds Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity).

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