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Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Height Honored on U.S. Postal Stamp

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In some Black History Month news that we all can use, Dorothy Height, the celebrated civil rights icon, has been commemorated with a Forever Stamp, NBC News reports.

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“March” by John Lewis

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marchtrilogy960x510Alternating between Inauguration Day 2009 and the 1960s, John Lewis, along with co-author Andrew Aydin and Illustrator Nate Powell, tell the story of the civil rights movement through three powerful graphic novels. The trilogy – “March” – follows Lewis from his childhood growing up on a farm in Alabama through his increasing inspiration and involvement in the civil rights movement. Through the stories of protests, sit-ins, the Freedom Ride, the March on Washington, and the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Lewis makes this legendary struggle palpably real and persuasively relevant.

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The “March” trilogy is easily accessible and yet undoubtedly powerful. Its illustrations are stark and evocative; its words are sparse and moving. Each panel advances this gut-wrenching story in a way that makes it clear – this is not just a history lesson. It is a plea for remembrance and a call to action. Published between 2013 and 2016, these novels are timely…

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Little Known Black History Fact: James Garner

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Hollywood actor James Garner thrilled audiences in the comedy-western ABC series Maverick in the late ’50s. He later starred on NBC’s The Rockford Files in the ’70s. What many may not have known is that Garner, a lifelong Democrat was a staunch supporter of the civil rights movement. He died Saturday at his California home at the age of 86.

Born James Scott Bumgarner on April 7, 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma. His mother, Mildred, who was part Cherokee, died when he was four-years-old. When his father remarried and relocated to Los Angeles, he chose to remain in Norman, becoming a star athlete, although he never completed his high school education. He was the first Oklahoma native drafted to the Korean War and was injured twice on the battlefield. Garner was awarded two Purple Heart medals for his efforts.

Acting wasn’t on Garner’s radar until an old friend turned agent noticed…

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