MARTIN Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights activist who believed in non-violent protest. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of pastor Martin … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are his most memorable quotes?
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A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that mail-in absentee ballots in Gwinnett County, Georgia, should be counted after they were originally rejected for an omitted or incorrect birth year. Under Georgia law, an eligible voter can request an absentee ballot by completing an application 180 days before the election date. Once the application is received, the county registrar confirms the voter’s eligibility by comparing the applicant’s information with the information on file with the county’s registrar. Once confirmed, the registrar mails the absentee ballot to the eligible voter. Certain voters who sent in a mail-in absentee ballot were rejected because of omitted or incorrect birth dates. Section 10101(a)(2)(B) of the Civil Rights Act forbids disqualifying voters “because of an error or omission on any record or paper relating to any application, registration, or other act requisite to voting, if such error or omission is not material in determining whether … [Read more...] about Georgia federal judge rules failure to count absentee ballots violates Civil Rights Act
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: gautam bhatia October 30, 2018 8:44 am Change Font Size From 1861 to 1865, a long and bitter civil war was fought in the United States of America. One of the major causes of the war was a dispute over the institution of slavery. After the pro-slavery Southern States were defeated, the institution was abolished throughout the U.S., Black people were formally emancipated, and three important amendments to the American Constitution were passed. The first of these, the thirteenth amendment, stated that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime … shall exist within the United States.” The federal legislature (i.e., “Congress”) was given the power to enforce the article through “appropriate legislation.” The fourteenth amendment granted to all the “equal protection of laws” (among other things), and the fifteenth amendment prohibited the … [Read more...] about “I Send My Soul Through Time And Space/ To Greet You. You Will Understand…”: On Sabarimala And The Civil Rights Cases
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 4:14 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018 A Detroit Democrat running for former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s open seat is proposing sweeping changes to the nation’s Civil Rights Act if elected. Former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Wednesday she wants to target policies that disproportionately affect people of color, tighten the Title IX law and end the overuse of mandatory arbitration in corporate discrimination cases. The first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and a lawyer for the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Tlaib is one of six candidates in a crowded Democratic primary race to replace Conyers, who resigned in December amid sexual harassment allegations by former staffers. She could be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress. Among her Democratic opponents are Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit, former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit, Westland … [Read more...] about Tlaib proposes changes to Civil Rights Act
This 80-year-old civil rights pioneer helped jump-start a moment in the civil rights movement — thanks to his appetite. He was honored for his contributions in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 18. In 1958, Boynton was arrested for trespassing when he sat in the whites-only section of a restaurant in a segregated bus terminal. Boynton said in the U.S. Civil Rights Trail documentary: "I knew that it was against the law that the reason I sat down and refused to leave was that I ordered a cheeseburger with tea with cream. And the waitress wrote the order down and Ieft, and I assumed that I was going to be served, since I was in the upper part of the South. Actually, she came back with the manager. The manager took his finger, placed it in my face and said, 'N*****, move.'"SEE MORE: How Recy Taylor's Attack Rallied Civil Rights ActivistsBoynton was defended by Thurgood Marshall, and his case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Marshall argued, "There was no … [Read more...] about This Man’s Defiance Helped Spark The Civil Rights Movement