On this day in 1810,

October 19th, 2015|

the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay was born. Clay, son of Kentucky slave-owners, was inspired by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to launch a lifelong crusade to end slavery. After graduating from Yale University, Clay returned to central Kentucky—a slave state—and took up life as a politician, soldier and newspaper editor. His anti-slavery views were so controversial [...]

Fannie Lou Hamer risked her life to vote

October 6th, 2015|

On this day in 1917, the Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born. Hamer was the granddaughter of a slave and the youngest of twenty children born to Mississippi sharecroppers. She began picking cotton at age six. On August 31, 1962, she and seventeen others decided it was time for a change. They [...]