Tag Archives: Voting Rights

1955: Septima Poinsette Clark

After being fired from her job as a teacher for refusing to renounce her membership in the NAACP, Septima Clark became the Director of Education at the famous Highlander Center in Tennessee—a training school for civil rights activists and trade … Continue reading

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1965: Freedom Highway

Spider Martin: Jim Letherer on the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Letherer was a civil rights activist from Saginaw, Michigan. He lost a leg to bone cancer as a boy, and it was his own experience growing … Continue reading

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1884: Joseph Arch’s Hands

Born the son of a farmworker, Joseph Arch started work at the age of nine—first as a crow-scarer, then as a plough-boy. Eventually, he mastered a range of skills that allowed him to move around the Midlands and South Wales, … Continue reading

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1831: Bristol Burns

W. J. Müller: Bristol Burns (1831) Arising from the House of Lords’s rejection of a bill that would have increased representation in the House of Commons, the 1831 Bristol Riots were part of the long struggle for democracy in the … Continue reading

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1914: A Stone’s Throw

Rocks thrown through the windows of Buckingham Palace by protesting Suffragettes in 1914: “If a constitutional deputation is refused, we must present a stone message.” “Constitutional methods being ignored drive us to window smashing.” In the United Kingdom, women over … Continue reading

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