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September 20, 1891

sharecroppingAfrican American sharecroppers affiliated with the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union go on strike for higher wages and an end to peonage in Lee County, Arkansas. By the time a white mob – led by the local sheriff – put down the strike, more than a dozen people had been killed.

February 28, 1942

9e4698e5bb1bdd1aadb215cccbe7ddb4Sue Cowan Williams represents African-American teachers in the Little Rock School District as the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit challenging the disparity between black and white teachers’ salaries in the segregated South. The case was lost, but won in a 1943 appeal.

January 3, 1931

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Drought and the Great Depression cause hundreds of angry farmers to converge on the town of England, Arkansas, demanding that the Red Cross give them the assistance that had been promised to feed the starving members of their community.  When his appeals to President Herbert Hoover for federal aid were dismissed, Will Rogers – who read about the situation in England in the newspaper – embarked on a tour for drought relief.

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