12 years ago, our nation made historic progress when the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act became law: ensuring justice for the millions of Americans at risk of violence simply for who they are, where they are from, how they pray or who they love.
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If anyone had a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because in the face of billy clubs and lynchings, poll taxes and literacy tests, he never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag or gave up on our country.
George Stinney Jr. He was fourteen. Three months after being arrested, he was executed on this day in 1944. They used a bible as a booster seat when they sat him in the electric chair. Seventy years later, he was exonerated for the murder of 2 white girls.
Nichelle Nichols almost left Star Trek after Season One. Why'd she stay? Because a fan of the show told Nichols she was the only Black actor on TV in a role worth having, and she was a role model to his children. That fan? Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was murdered by white supremacy. That’s it. That’s the tweet.