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Special Subject for events relating to the Civil Rights movement and black history in general.

Assassination of Malcolm X (February 21, 1965) star
Malcolm X, Muslim minister and Civil Rights advocate, was brutally murdered on February 21, 1965, as he was getting ready to deliver a speech to 400 followers of Islam. Mystery surrounds his death. Who was really responsible?

First Black Space Walk (February 9, 1995) star
From Yuri Gagarin to Alan Shepherd to Niel Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to Sally Ride, the frontier of space has provided many 'firsts' in history. February 9, 1995 saw several first--the first woman shuttle pilot, first Brit to do a space walk, and the first African-American to space walk.

Greensboro Sit-In (February 1, 1960) star
On February 1, 1960, four young college students went to a Woolworth's lunch counter and sat down. Not a very significant thing--except, these four young college students were black. Their sitting at the counter sparked a week long sit-in that helped jump start the Civil Rights Movement.

I Have a Dream... (August 28, 1963) star
Frederick Douglass began life as a slave. Through "forbidden" education, he was able to speak out for the abolition of slavery, giving Martin Luther King, Jr. the ability to have a dream, almost a century later. Now, less than 50 years after King´s historic speech, Barack Obama will live the drea

Malcolm X star
Malcolm X, a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement was murdered on this day, February 21, 1965.

Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate (February 18, 1931) star
Toni Morrison, one of the most influential African-American writers, was born today. She didn't start out as Toni Morrison--and it took a bit of a heartache for her to become a writer. Take a journey through the life of a wonderful woman.

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