Today in History: Brown v. Board of Education

Today in History: Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregated public educational facilities unconstitutional. Click the links below to access resources to help you dig deeper into this seminal event in U.S. history. U.S. Reports Notes concerning Chief Justice Warren’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education 1954…

Collections Spotlight: José Rizal

Collections Spotlight: José Rizal

José Rizal was a writer and Filipino nationalist who condemned the Catholic Church for its promotion of Spanish colonialism and founded the Liga Filipina, a political group dedicated to peaceful change. He was exiled and eventually executed but is recognized today as a national hero of the Philippines. José Rizal historical U.S. & Puerto Rico newspaper coverage…

Collections Spotlight: Poetry from Around the World

Collections Spotlight: Poetry from Around the World

The PALABRA Archive is a collection of original audio recordings of 20th and 21st century Luso-Hispanic poets and writers reading from their works since 1943. It features recordings in more than thirteen languages including Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Creole, and Indigenous languages such as Mayan, Nahuatl, Wayuu, and Quechua. “Living Nations, Living Words” contains audio…

Today in History: Frank Kameny

Today in History: Frank Kameny

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features pioneering gay rights activist Frank (Franklin E.) Kameny, who led the first organized White House picket for gay rights on this date in 1965 with the Mattachine Society of Washington. Prior to that, in 1961, he was the first person  to petition the Supreme Court with a discrimination claim based on sexual…

Collections Spotlight: Wyandot Poet Hen-Toh

Collections Spotlight: Wyandot Poet Hen-Toh

Wyandot poet, folklorist, and civil servant Bertrand Nicholas Oliver Walker (1870-1927), often used his Wyandot (or Wyandotte) name, Hen-Toh, in his published poetry and prose that relayed indigenous legends and stories. Literary Papers of Wyandot Poet Hen-Toh Bookmarked Tales of the Bark Lodges by Hen-Toh Yon-doo-shah-we-ah (Nubbins) by Hen-Toh Hen-Toh in The Oglala Light newspaper Portrait of…

Today in History: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Today in History: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Today in History—March 25—the Library of Congress features the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. On this date in 1911, nearly 150 workers, many of whom were young, recent immigrants, lost their lives in this tragic incident. The tragedy did, however, help spur countless workers to organize for greater safety protections. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below…

Collections Spotlight: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Collections Spotlight: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Frances Benjamin Johnston – Biographical Overview and Chronology Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston Historical newspaper coverage of Frances Benjamin Johnston Surveying the South: Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston and the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South storymap Picture This posts about Frances Benjamin Johnston Every Photo Is a Story five-part…

Primary Source Spotlight: Bayard Rustin

Primary Source Spotlight: Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay civil rights activist, social reformer, pacifist, AIDS activist, and author. He was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Bayard Rustin photos Bayard Rustin historical newspaper coverage from 1942 Race, Religion, and Nationalism — Basic Problems of World Peace 1943 Institute of International Relations 1949 The Application…