1966 March Against Fear – 50th Anniversary

1966 March Against Fear - Mississippi
1966 March Against Fear – Mississippi

The March Against Fear was a major 1966 demonstration in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Activist James Meredith launched the event on June 6, 1966, intending to make a solitary walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, a distance of 220 miles, to counter the continuing racism in the Mississippi Deltaafter passage of federal civil rights legislation in the previous two years and encourage African Americans to register to vote. He invited only black men to join him and did not want it to be a large media event dominated by major organizations.

On the second day of his walk, Meredith was shot by James Aubrey Norvell, a white gunman, and was hospitalized. Thornton Davi Johnson suggests that Meredith was a target for rituals of attack because he had made highly publicized challenges to Mississippi’s racial order, and his walk was framed as a confident repudiation of custom.

Major civil rights organizations rallied, vowing to carry on the march through the Mississippi Delta. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) took part, with the Deacons for Defense and Justice from Louisiana providing armed protection. They struggled over tactics and goals, but also cooperated in community organizing and voter registration. They registered over 4,000 African Americans for voting in counties along the way. Some people marched for a short time, others stayed through all the events; some national leaders took part in intermittent fashion, having commitments in other cities.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_Against_Fear

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  1. WH

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    First Lady Michelle Obama Welcomes Students to Harvest the White House Kitchen Garden
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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    Vice President Biden Speaks at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2016 Annual Meeting
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    President Obama welcomes the 2015 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos to the White House
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    • POTUS podium

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      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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  2. 1966 March Against Fear

    The March Against Fear was a major 1966 demonstration in the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Activist James Meredith launched the event on June 6, 1966, intending to make a solitary walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, a distance of 220 miles, to counter the continuing racism in the Mississippi Deltaafter passage of federal civil rights legislation in the previous two years and encourage African Americans to register to vote. He invited only black men to join him and did not want it to be a large media event dominated by major organizations.

    On the second day of his walk, Meredith was shot by James Aubrey Norvell, a white gunman, and was hospitalized. Thornton Davi Johnson suggests that Meredith was a target for rituals of attack because he had made highly publicized challenges to Mississippi’s racial order, and his walk was framed as a confident repudiation of custom.

    Major civil rights organizations rallied, vowing to carry on the march through the Mississippi Delta. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) took part, with the Deacons for Defense and Justice from Louisiana providing armed protection. They struggled over tactics and goals, but also cooperated in community organizing and voter registration. They registered over 4,000 African Americans for voting in counties along the way. Some people marched for a short time, others stayed through all the events; some national leaders took part in intermittent fashion, having commitments in other cities.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_Against_Fear

    • Hey COS!

      Thanks to the great, strong and brave civil rights actiivists who would not give up so that minorities like myself could have a brighter future and live in a more just America.

  3. D-Day – Operation Neptune 72nd Anniversary

    The Normandy landings, also known as Operation Neptune were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

    The assault was conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6:30 AM. There were also decoy operations mounted under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.

    The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944.

    Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

  4. June 06, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady at Spring Kitchen Garden Harvest

    Kitchen Garden

    10:57 A.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, guys! How are you all doing? You came back! What do you think of the garden?

    CHILD: It’s awesome!

    MRS. OBAMA: It’s pretty awesome. It’s changed a little bit since you guys planted, right?

    CHILDREN: Yes.

    MRS. OBAMA: I told you it was going to be really different. But it’s turned into something special. Are you guys ready to do some harvesting?

    CHILDREN: Yes.

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, let me make sure that everybody knows who’s here, because we have a lot of the kids who helped us plant this spring. You were here — mmm hmm. (Laughter.) I think almost all of you were here except for two people. Who are our two new students that are here? Hi, honey. Welcome. Is there another? You, too? Well, welcome!

    Well, we have students here from Washburn. Let’s hear it from our Washburn students! (Applause.) You guys are back. We’ve got students from Kemper. Where are our Kemper students? (Applause.) We’ve got our students from Arthur Ashe Charter School. Yay! (Applause.) We have our Bancroft kids who are here. Yay, to the Bancroft kids. (Applause.) And we’ve got our Harriet Tubman kids who are here! Yay! (Applause.)

    And we’re also going to get some help today from a few special guests. We’ve got somebody here from Tastemade, and they do a lot of food blogging. I think Chef Frankie is here, he’s going to help us. Hey, Chef Frankie, what’s going on? (Applause.) And we have a very, very, very special guest who is a dear friend of mine. She’s a member of the President’s Council, and she’s been helping us out on so many things. She’s an advocate herself, she’s a chef, she’s a TV host, she’s a dog food sponsor. (Laughter.) She does a little bit of everything. But she has been such a huge help around nutrition and eating healthy and cooking great things, and she’s here to help us harvest today — Rachael Ray! (Applause.) Woo, Rachael! (Applause.)

    So when we planted, we invited you guys because you — all of you have really cool school gardens, right?

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/06/remarks-first-lady-spring-kitchen-garden-harvest

  5. 4:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2016 Annual Meeting
    McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

  6. June 06, 2016

    Remarks by the President Honoring Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos

    Rose Garden

    4:24 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Good afternoon. Have a seat, have a seat. Welcome to the White House.

    Now, I have to tell you that these guys were out here practicing a little earlier. (Laughter.) So before we get started, I just need to make sure that we’re all set, that they were paying attention. So let me just say: Omaha! Omaha! 44 is Mike! Bags Montana! (Laughter.) I don’t know — it doesn’t seem to work as well for me. (Laughter.)

    Let’s give it up for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos! (Applause.) We have some big Broncos fans in the house, including Mayor Hancock from the great city of Denver, outstanding members of Congress, the delegation. I want to recognize Broncos CEO Joe Ellis, a couple of your former quarterbacks, GM John Elway. (Applause.) Coach Gary Kubiak. (Applause.)

    And let’s give a big round of applause to Mrs. Annabel Bowlen. (Applause.) As many of you know, Annabel is here on behalf of the Bowlen family and her husband Pat, the longtime Broncos owner who’s inspiring all of us with his courageous fight against Alzheimer’s. And it’s only fitting that when they won the Super Bowl in February, John declared from the podium: “This one is for Pat!” And I was just — we were backstage talking, the record that Pat was able to put together — going to more Super Bowls than losing seasons — that’s pretty remarkable. You’re not going to see that duplicated many places and that’s a testimony to what an extraordinary owner he has been and continues to be.

    Pat and Annabel have led this organization for 32 successful years — that rivals just about any other franchise in football. In that time, the Broncos have, as I said earlier, gone time and time again to the Super Bowl, and last year was a high water mark, with a third Super Bowl trophy and a dominating win over Carolina.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/06/remarks-president-honoring-super-bowl-champion-denver-broncos

  7. 8:45 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the American Institute for Stuttering Gala
    The Lighthouse, New York, NY

  8. WH

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    10:15 AM
    President Obama welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House
    White House

    10:30 AM
    President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold bilateral meetings
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a working lunch
    Cabinet Room

    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secreatary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Allegheny College Civility Award Event
    University Club of Washington, Washington, DC

    4:00 PM
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    President Obama delivers the Eulogy for Cassandra Quin Butts
    Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

    8:00 PM
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  9. 6/7/16 FACT SHEET: The United States and India – Moving Forward Together on Climate Change, Clean Energy, Energy Security, and the Environment

    6/7/16 FACT SHEET: Framework for the U.S.-India Cyber Relationship

    6/7/16 FACT SHEET: U.S.-India Economic Cooperation and People-to-People Ties

    6/7/16 JOINT STATEMENT: The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century

    • June 08, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of India After Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      12:01 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome back my friend Prime Minister Modi and the Indian delegation to the Oval Office.

      I still have fond memories of being honored by the Prime Minister’s invitation to participate in Republic Day celebrations in India and the incredible hospitality and warmth that was shown by the people of India during our visit.

      As the world’s two largest democracies and countries with strong bonds between our peoples, our businesses, our scientific and educational communities, it’s natural that the United States and India have deepened and broadened our partnership across a whole range of issues.

      In Paris, the joining of forces between India and the United States helped to forge a historic agreement that can effectively deal with climate change. And we discussed how we can as quickly as possible bring the Paris agreement into force, how we can make sure that the climate financing that’s necessary for India to be able to embark on the bold vision for solar energy and clean energy that Prime Minister Modi has laid out can be accomplished. And the agreements and memoranda that we reached I think reflect the seriousness with which both of us take the climate change issue.

      We discussed, in addition, the progress that we’ve made around civil nuclear energy. And I indicated our support for India becoming part of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the abilities for technologies that are critical to India’s development and prosperity being available. And we also discussed in that same context our important work together around the nonproliferation of nuclear materials and technologies that could end up falling into the wrong hands. And I very much appreciated the Prime Minister’s very effective interventions and participation in our Nuclear Security Summit.

      Of course, a key priority for both of us is how to promote economic prosperity and opportunity and poverty alleviation for our people. And we continue to discuss a wide range of areas where we can cooperate more effectively in order to promote jobs, to promote investment, to promote trade, and to promote greater opportunities for our people — particularly young people — in both of our countries.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/08/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-modi-india-after-bilateral

  10. 3:30 PM EDT
    Vice President Delivers Remarks at the Allegheny College Civility Award Event
    University Club of Washington, Washington, DC

  11. June 07, 2016

    Statement by the President on the Death of Helen Chavez

    For 88 years, Helen Chavez was a force of quiet strength, but she left a legacy that will echo for generations. Alongside her husband, Cesar, she devoted her life to organizing farmworkers in California and across America, fighting for higher wages, better working conditions, and a brighter future – La Causa. She managed her union’s finances, prepared meals, marched in picket lines, and was even arrested for her actions, all because she believed in the dignity of America’s farmworkers – men and women she toiled with in the fields, even as she raised eight children and helped lead a movement.

    • The Long March of Bernie’s Army
      Where it came from; where it’s headed.

      Spring 2016 Harold Meyerson – AmericanProspect

      This article is a preview of the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.

      Now that Bernie Sanders has lost most of the once-industrial Midwest to Hillary Clinton, now that it’s vanishingly likely that he’ll become the Democratic nominee, the most important period of the Sanders insurgency has finally begun. The senator from Vermont has astonished both his fiercest critics and his (relatively few) longtime fellow socialists by mobilizing millions of voters, becoming a hero to the young, and being on track, by the time this year’s primaries are done, to capture roughly 40 percent of the Democratic vote—all while running as a democratic socialist and scourge of Wall Street in this most capitalist of countries.

      But Sanders’s is not a campaign that history will judge by the number of votes he won. Like only a handful of predecessor campaigns, like no presidential campaign since Barry Goldwater’s (R) [Hillary Clinton was his supporter], his will be judged by whether it sparked a movement that transformed America. That’s the metric by which Sanders himself measures his success: Whether his campaign can build what he calls a revolution, inspiring his supporters (and some of Hillary Clinton’s, too), once this year’s campaign is done, to build the political power and social movements that can break the hold that wealth exerts on politics and policy, and thereby re-create the mass prosperity that was once America’s calling card to the world.

      For more: http://prospect.org/article/long-march-bernie’s-army

    • June 07, 2016

      Statement by the Press Secretary

      Tonight, President Obama called both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders. The President congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.

      The President congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President. Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children.

      The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests’ influence on our politics.

      In addition, at Senator Sanders’ request, the President and Senator Sanders will meet at the White House on Thursday to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America’s working families. The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on that enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead.

    • President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president | Hillary Clinton

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  12. June 07, 2016

    Remarks by the President in Eulogy for Cassandra Quin Butts

    Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Washington, D.C.

    7:11 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening.

    CONGREGATION: Good evening.

    THE PRESIDENT: We are here to celebrate the life of our dear friend, Cassandra — a warrior for social justice, a warm and generous servant who devoted her life to bettering the lives of others, and an unbelievable friend.

    I first met Cassandra in a place that tends to stoke one’s passions for social and economic justice — the financial aid line at law school. (Laughter.) We were just entering Harvard Law. We happened to be next to each other in line, I think it was in Pound Hall, and we were furiously filling out our financial aid forms. I have no doubt I was doing something wrong. She may have looked over my shoulder and said, “I think that’s wrong.” (Laughter.) And we were inching forward each time the registrar shouted, “Next!” We introduced ourselves to each other, and we bonded over the fact that we were signing our lives away to Harvard, fully aware of how long it would take us to pay off that debt that we were about to accrue.

    And then we bonded over other things. We bonded over our love for jazz. We bonded over our fandom of Michael Jordan, because she was a Tar Heel and I was a Bull. We talked about our early beginnings in civic engagement, protesting apartheid — her at North Carolina and me at Occidental. And we talked about our interest in the law, why we were there — the notion that we might somehow take this knowledge that we were going to extract from this place an apply it to help those on society’s margins to improve their circumstances.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/06/07/remarks-president-eulogy-cassandra-quin-butts

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