It honors the day when slaves in Texas heard they had been freed by Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
The gunman stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting Wednesday night before shooting the victims - six females and three males.
As Freddie Gray lay dying in Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a group of activists was planning to curb police brutality in Baltimore.
In 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a residential building, resulting in a massive fire that left 11 persons dead including five children.
One black eighth-grader spent six days in juvenile detention after being arrested for throwing Skittles candy at another student.
The officers are charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and assault.
People know what they see and hear; the protests will continue and grow until justice is served and the people are listened to.
Peaceful demonstrators gathered at a police station in the Windy City last night, giving voice to millions across the country.
Freddie Gray's name tragically joins the seemingly endless list of young African American men brutally murdered at the hands of police.
"History shapes and molds our perceptions of our past, present and future; it informs and builds a narrative: it provides lessons applicable to today's reality."