On Wednesday, Carla Hayden was sworn into the Library of Congress. She’s the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. Hayden formerly served as head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s also the fourteenth person to hold the position, trusted with preserving the nation’s most sacred historical documents. “As a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge, is a historic moment,” Hayden said at her swearing-in ceremony. Read more.
Cleveland Park Gazebo Where Tamir Rice Was Fatally Shot Will Be Displayed At A Museum
Park workers on Wednesday dismantled the gazebo where Tamir Rice was gunned down in order to display the structure at a Chicago museum. The Stony Island Arts Bank will feature the gazebo in a civil rights exhibit that will also feature materials relating to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, and Black Lives Matter. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, initially called for the gazebo to be demolished, but changed her mind once she realized the structure’s importance. Read more.
Derrick Rose’s Rape Accuser Breaks Silence In Exclusive Interview
On the eve of NBA player Derrick Rose’s October 4 rape trial, his accuser gave a phone interview to ThinkProgress, detailing the impact of the incident on her life. The woman, who remains unidentified, said the two built their relationship over similar values, tied by a commitment to family. She also recalled the night she was sexually assaulted, saying she woke up in a haze, only later realizing she had been gang raped. She hopes to achieve justice and retain the shroud of anonymity. Read more.
Bernie Sanders Lends Voice To The Fight Against The Dakota Access Pipeline
Senator Bernie Sanders, a long time advocate of environmental reform, turned up the volume Tuesday in opposition of the controversial Dakota Pipeline. Native American activists have continuously rallied against the 1,172-mile pipeline, which cuts across sacred land. Sanders joined prominent Native American leaders at a press conference on Tuesday and called for a full environmental evaluation. “When that analysis takes place, this pipeline will not continue,” Sanders said Tuesday. Read more.
Athlete And Activist John Carlos Weighs In On NFL National Anthem Protests
“This is a movement, this is not a moment,” Olympian John Carlos proclaimed during a Monday interview with Reuters. As one of history’s most prominent athlete-activists, Carlos says the NFL’s National Anthem protests are pivotal in highlighting the ongoing racial injustice in America. Carlos threw his full support behind Colin Kaepernick, praising him for taking a much-needed stand. “He’s bringing attention to (the issues). And how did he bring attention to them? The same way we did 48 years ago in terms of giving America shock treatment. That’s the only way they move, man: is when you shock them,” Carlos said. Read more.
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