The institutionalized prejudices and distorted practices that led to her death are unacceptable in a nation of equal justice under the law.
"We're here eight months later and there's still no justice," Tamir's cousin and the committee's coordinator told a rally and press conference before entering with a delegation to deliver the petitions.
The trooper plainly didn't like Bland's forthright defense of her civil rights; in Texas, you can be prosecuted for resisting arrest even if the actual arrest was illegal.
An Ohio appeals court declined to force the arrest of the Cleveland police officers involved in the murder of 12-year old Tamir Rice.
According to federal statistics, an African-American driver is 31 percent more likely to be pulled over for a traffic citation.
She organized African American women in the South to vote despite the Jim Crow poll tax and other racist restrictions.
Politicians across the South are distancing themselves from the Confederate battle flag, but tributes to slaveocracy and its racist legacy persist around the country.
"My doctors told me I would never walk again, my mother told me I would; I believed my mother."
Fighting off racist attacks is nothing new for the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
It honors the day when slaves in Texas heard they had been freed by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.