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#BlackHistoryFacts for May 30: Vivian Malone makes history and more…

Vivian J. Malone of Alabama pose in New York, June 9, 1963. Alabama Gov. George Wallace said he would personally bar them from registering at the University of Alabama despite a restraining order. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

On May 30, 1822, Denmark Vesey, a free man and Methodist leader organized both free and enslaved people. His planned slave rebellion was betrayed. The person identified was named George Wilson who informed his master that an insurrection by freed and enslaved black people was going to take place in and around Charleston. When officials were informed, they moved quickly to make arrests and question the organizers. Vesey and thirty-six other were put on trial, a lengthy trial and hanged.

In 1965, Vivian Malone was the first black graduate from the University of Alabama. She made national news after she defied the rules of then-Alabama Governor George Wallace – the “stand by the schoolhouse door” rule. Her entry into the University of Alabama was during the era of the Civil Rights Movement. Malone entered Alabama with fellow student James Hood. The day after Malone and Hood were escorted into the university, Civil rights activist Medgar Evars was killed. The strength of this event served as a landmark for the struggle for equality and civil rights.

In 2012, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role during the Sierra Leone Civil War. His case was the first case to try a former head of state internationally since the Nuremberg trials in Germany after World War II. Taylor was guilty of “aiding and betting, planning one of the most heinous and brutal crimes recorded in human history”.

 

Sources: Demark Vesey – PBS.org

Vivian Malone – Black Then.com

Charles Taylor Gets 50 Years – New York Times

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