Today in 1988: The Civil Liberties Act is signed into law

Aug 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1988, the Civil Liberties Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The Act provided reparations to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II.

Today in 1964: SCOTUS rules against closing schools to stop integration

May 25, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 25, 1964, the Supreme Court ruled on Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, holding that a county may not close all public schools to stop school integration.

Today in 1960: The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed into law

May 6, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1960, the second of many 20th century civil rights acts was passed, to much opposition from Southern politicians.

Today in 1870: Hiram R. Revels becomes the first black United States Senator

Feb 25, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

In the aftermath of the Civil War and overcoming racially-charged challenges, Hiram Rhodes Revels was elected to the United States Senate as its first black member.

Today in 1909: The NAACP is founded

Feb 12, 2011 By: Katie Sheehan

Since its founding, the NAACP has relied on legal action to protect the political, educational, social, and economic rights of people of color.