Taylor was the first academically trained black architect in the U.S. and the first black graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits denying citizens the right to vote based on their "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
"The hearing in North Carolina is one with national implications," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.
Wells was an outstanding civil rights activist and journalist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1866, Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to a bill requiring 40 acre plots be parceled out to former slaves from both confiscated and public land in the former slave South.
Don't look now, but the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency may be back to its old tricks.
Over their careers, construction workers have a one in 200 chance of dying on the job, five times what the government considers the "significant" risk.
Midterm elections are next week and union construction jobs are up for grabs in California. Nonunion building contractors in the state, hungry for a bigger share of public sector projects in the wake of the building bust, have taken their fight with labor to the ballot box.