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March 21, 2006
| Doris Jones Passed Away

Artistic director and dance instructor Doris Jones passed away on this date at the age of 92.


March 21, 1965
| Selma to Montgomery March Begins

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.


March 21, 1960
| "Sharpeville Massacre" Occurs

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.


March 21, 1957
| Sylvia Ewing is Born

Television personality and radio producer Sylvia Ewing was born on this date in Erie, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.


March 21, 1955
| Walter White Dies

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.


March 21, 1946
| Carl Singley is Born

Lawyer and educator Carl Singley was born on this date in Bessemer, Alabama.


March 21, 1935
| Violet Malone is Born

Adult education specialist and education professor Violet Malone was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.


March 21, 1930
| NAACP Contests Appointment of Supreme Court Justice

The NAACP successfully fights President Herbert Hoover’s nomination of the racist Judge John J. Parker to the U.S. Supreme Court.


March 21, 1924
| Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. is Born

General practitioner Dr. Leslie D. Duke, Sr. was born on this date in Washington, District of Columbia.