Artistic director and dance instructor Doris Jones passed away on this date at the age of 92.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads thousands of demonstrators on a march from Selma to Alabama's state capitol in Montgomery. The march was started in order to help bring attention to the cause and struggle of getting Blacks registered to vote. This led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. The march lasted for five days.
69 people were killed and 180 wounded in South Africa's "Sharpeville Massacre" on this date. South Africa's police fired shots at unarmed men, women, and children who were protesting the "Pass Law". The "Pass Law" was a law restricting the movement of Blacks in South Africa before the abolishment of apartheid.
Television personality and radio producer Sylvia Ewing was born on this date in Erie, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
NAACP Executive Walter White died on this date in New York City. During White's twenty-plus tenure as chief executive of the NAACP, he led the fight for antilynching legislation, fought to end poll taxes and segregated housing and education.
Lawyer and educator Carl Singley was born on this date in Bessemer, Alabama.
Adult education specialist and education professor Violet Malone was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.
The NAACP successfully fights President Herbert Hoover’s nomination of the racist Judge John J. Parker to the U.S. Supreme Court.