September 10, 2020

Today in History: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on this day in 1963. Around a quarter million people participated in this non-violent demonstration for civil rights seeking, among other things, equal access to public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, the right to vote, and job training. The six primary organizers and organizations for the March were: James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Althea Gibson & Tennis

Today in History–July 6–the Library of Congress features Althea Gibson, who won the women's singles title at Wimbledon  on this date in 1957. This tennis star fought hard against racism just for the right to compete. In addition to more Wimbledon singles and doubles titles, Gibson won U.S. Nationals titles as well as French and Italian Open titles. Find out more about this fantastic athlete in the Today in History section, then click the links below to access portraits of Althea Gibson and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Kathy Whitworth & Golf

Today in History–September 27–the Library of Congress features champion golfer Kathy Whitworth, born on this day in 1939 Whitworth is the winningest golfer in history. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then check out more golf and sports primary source sets. Champion golfer Kathy Whitworth from America's Library Tiger Woods - Living Legends Topics in Chronicling America - Francis Ouimet Wins the 1913 US Open More historical newspaper coverage related to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bob Fosse

Today in History–June 23–the Library of Congress features renowned choreographer Bob Fosse, born on this day in 1927. It seems Fosse was born into the business since his father worked in vaudeville. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources about Fosse, dance, and vaudeville. Robert "Bob" Fosse Was Born Pic of the Week: Life Is a Cabaret Edition In the Muse June 23, 2011 Bob Fosse's Dance notation for Little Me, … [Read more...]