Jackie Robinson, broke the colour barrier in baseball and fought for civil rights. Here he is in his WWII uniform, but he never saw combat due to being court-marshalled for trumped-up charges because he refused to submit to the racism he faced in the military.

Bruce Clarke, Saturday 24 January 1970

Bruce Clarke was the first black officer to join the Vancouver Police Department. His coworkers referred to  him as “Dark Clarke” to distinguish him from the other Bruce Clarke on the force.

UPDATE: A couple people pointed out that Joe Fortes was the first black cop. Fortes was made a Special Constable because of his role as the lifeguard at English Bay, though his authority would’ve been limited and he wasn’t on the VPD’s payroll. (Specials were frequently used to break strikes, and today their role is limited to to directing traffic during special events). As far as I know, the first non-white officer was a Japanese man named Raiichi Shirokawa. He was hired in 1917, but didn’t last long because of the uproar from Japantown alleging he was just a stool pigeon hired to spy on them. The first Chinese officer was hired in 1967.

Source: Vancouver Sun

Today In History

‘Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, opened her historic campaign for President on this date January 25, 1972.’

(photo: Shirley Chisholm)

- CARTER Magazine

:MSF launched its first projects in Haiti in 1991, carrying out emergency programs during natural disasters and crisis situations.

Immediately following the January 2010 earthquake, the organization undertook the largest emergency intervention in its history, treating 358,000 people, performing 16,570 operations and assisting at 15,100 births over a 10-month period.

During the cholera epidemic that began in October 2010, MSF set up operations on an unprecedented scale. At the height of the crisis, some 4,000 health care providers were working at more than 75 facilities in Haiti. Nearly 170,000 patients with cholera symptoms were treated between October 2010 and November 2011, and MSF has a large-scale emergency preparation and rapid treatment plan in place in case of another widespread outbreak.

Read more about what MSF is doing in Haiti now.

Photo: Haiti 2010 © Aurelie Lachant/MSF

(Source: doctorswithoutborders)

The Lovers of Valdaro.

Believed to be no older than twenty years of age when death occurred.
Over 5,000 years old.
Locked in an eternal embrace.

Tragically, their story is unknown.
Coincidentally, they were found in the city of Mantua. In Italy.
A city Shakespeare wrote about in the story of Romeo & Juliet.

Some say the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, I say the darker the flesh and the deeper the roots.
Tupac Shakur
Stumbling is not falling
Malcolm x

A protester clashes with riot police at Tahrir Square in Cairo November 19, 2011. Riot police on Saturday cleared the square of protesters who had camped overnight after a rally of some 50,000 people, mainly Islamists, pressed Egypt’s military rulers to transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Around 100 protesters had stayed in the square, where police pulled down tents and confiscated chairs and banners they had set up, Reuters’ witnesses said. Some minor scuffles occurred.

[Credit : Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters]

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