Civil Rights Newsletter for 11-25-05
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We are finishing our plunging expedition into the details of this country’s greatest piece of writing: the Constitution. Or, more accurately, we finish taking a look at its Preamble. Only a few words long, this amazing introduction to the foundation of our country’s beliefs holds a charge that is living and breathing even today. Yet, is it The Preamble -- Prelude To Chaos? Part III?
This Month In Civil Rights History
On November 23rd we remembered the daring 1863 Battle of Chattanooga , which set the stage for Union General William T. Sherman's triumphant March to the Sea..
Civil Rights Trivia Game
Last time we asked the question: Social Security Board Chairman John G. Winant declined to have the very first social security number, SSN 001-01-0001, registered to him. The second choice was John Campbell, the Federal Bureau of Old Age Benefits' Regional Representative of the Boston Region. He did not want the first number, either.....do you know to whom the number was finally assigned? The Answer: Since no takers for this honor were available, it was decided to not issue it as a show of respect or honor, but instead to award it to the first recorded applicant. Her name is Grace Owen of New Hampshire, whose application for a social security number was accepted on 11-24-1936! Unfortunately, we do not have a winner! Don’t despair, there is always this time!
If you know the answer, please e-mail me. All who answer correctly, will see their names published in the next newsletter. (Sorry, no other tangible prizes yet!)
Here goes: Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the actual draft of the Declaration of Independence. Why?
Civil Rights News You Can Use
The case that is credited by some to be an igniting force for the civil rights movement is being closed, and a finding is to be published shortly. Read the story ...“FBI Closes Probe of 1955 Emmett Till Death“.
Featured Book Of The Week
FROM THE PUBLISHER: Award-winning novelist and cultural critic writer Tom Piazza is a longtime resident of New Orleans, and a celebrator of the music and culture of that city. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, from a temporary outpost in Missouri, he began work immediately after the storm on this impassioned book-length essay on the storied past, imperiled present, and uncertain future of this great and most neglected of American cities.
Why New Orleans Matters
Musing Of The Week
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th. day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” (George Washington, Proclamation, October 3, 1789)
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