This Day in History: “I have a dream!”

On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously delivers his “I have a dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But did you know that he improvised the most famous portion of the speech, on the spot? King had been stewing over what to say. The program that day […]

This Day in History: Claudette Colvin, predecessor to Rosa Parks

On this day in 1955, a 15-year-old refuses to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks would become famous for the same act of civil disobedience nine months later—but Claudette Colvin did it first! At this point in history, as you know, passengers were segregated aboard buses in places such […]

This Day in History: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in baseball

On this day in 1919, a baby boy is born to poor sharecroppers in Georgia. Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson would go on to become the first black man to play Major League Baseball during the 20th Century. Robinson had a rough time of it when he was little. His father left his mother, who ended […]

This Day in History: The 15th Amendment is ratified

On this day in 1870, Iowa ratifies the Fifteenth Amendment, thus ensuring that men could vote regardless of race. Women were not included in the Amendment, although some had been lobbying for equal suffrage for years. Obviously, the country was very divided after the Civil War. Those states that had been part of the Confederacy […]

This Day in History: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier

On this day in 1919, a baby boy is born to poor sharecroppers in Georgia. Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson would go on to become the first black man to play Major League Baseball during the 20th Century. Robinson had a rough time of it when he was little. His father left his mother, who ended […]