Cesar Chavez was the founder and leader of the United Farm Workers union. The UFW achieved the nation's first industry-wide farm labor contracts.
On April 16, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., imprisoned in Alabama for protesting segregation, wrote his powerful and eloquent answer to criticisms of him, the civil rights movement and its nonviolent direct action tactics.
"Jackie Robinson changed baseball, and when you've changed baseball in this country, you've changed this country!"
On April 8, 1898 singer, actor, civil rights and labor leader, peace activist and athlete Paul Robeson was born.
Another milestone was crossed March 26 in Californians' years-long quest for marriage equality.
On this day in 1977 Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer passed away.
"The south does have a rich tradition of progressives. It might be thin, but it's strong."
The frame up of the Rosenbergs, fueled by Cold War, anti-communism and anti-Semitism, remains a terrible blot on our nation's history - a gross miscarriage of justice.
On March 5, in 1985 the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative honoring Mary McLeod Bethune.
Struggles against segregation and for militant trade unionism in Maryland were the subject of a Feb. 23 Black History Month program sponsored by the Baltimore Marxist Labor Forum.