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  • Mapping Civil Rights and Social Justice — A Year Later

    On January 3, 2017, GVSHP launched our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map.  Something in the air told us there might be a hunger and need for this kind of information.  But even we would not have guessed that the map would receive over 70,000 […]

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  • W.E.B. Du Bois Makes – and Teaches – History at the New School, September 27, 1948

    On September 27, 1948, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, more commonly known as W.E.B. Du Bois, began teaching the very first African-American history and culture class ever taught at a university, at Greenwich Village’s New School for Social Research. This history-making event appears on GVSHP’s […]

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  • King’s Assassination Began Fifteen Year Quest for a National Holiday

    On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Witnesses point towards the fleeing gunman moments after King was shot. This ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most […]

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  • Women’s History Month: Saluting Eleanor Roosevelt

    On this last day of Women’s History Month, we would be remiss if we didn’t salute one of my favorite 20th century female figures, Eleanor Roosevelt.  Aside from being First Lady (1933-1945), a political leader, a social reformer, a civil rights activist, a writer, a […]

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  • Dissent and “Strange Fruit” in the Village

    Dissent and “Strange Fruit” in the Village

    It seems that President-elect Donald Trump is having a difficult time filling the roster for his inauguration ceremony. In previous years, the inauguration festivities have included extensive and star-studded ceremonies featuring speeches, musical performances, dance numbers, and dramatic readings. But this year, many artists have shown […]

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  • Village People: Arthur Garfield Hays

    Village People: Arthur Garfield Hays

    In these uncertain times, I’m finding it especially useful (and comforting) to remember days gone by – days, and people, who railed against the status quo, tirelessly pushed for progress, and stepped boldly into territory unconventional and untrod. Greenwich Village, luckily for us, was (and […]

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  • Happy Birthday, Lorraine Hansberry

    Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930.  The trailblazing playwright, activist, and Nina Simone song inspiration was perhaps most closely associated with Chicago, but in fact she lived, went to school, and spent much of her life in Greenwich Village.

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  • The March on Washington and the Village

    On August 28th, 1963, one of the most iconic and transformative events of the civil rights movement took place, the ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.’  One of the largest demonstrations ever staged in our nation’s capitol, it featured Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous […]

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  • King’s Assassination Began Fifteen Year Quest for a National Holiday

    Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This ended the life of one of the 20th century’s most revered and influential figures.  It also began a fifteen year campaign […]

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  • A Civil Rights Activist and the Café Society

    A Civil Rights Activist and the Café Society

    On this day, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot by escaped convict James Earl Ray while standing on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  King was only 39 years old. While we look back and honor the legacy of this […]

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