On This Day
1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, also known as the Snyder Act, was proposed by Representative Homer P. Snyder (R) of New York and granted full U.S. citizenship to the indigenous peoples of the United States, called “Indians” in this Act. While the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution defines as citizens any persons born in the U.S. and subject to its jurisdiction, the amendment had been interpreted to not apply to Native people. The act was signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge on June 2, 1924. It was enacted partially in recognition of the thousands of Native Americans who served in the armed forces during the First World War.
Born On This Day
1865 – Adelaide Casely-Hayford, Sierra Leone Creole advocate and activist for cultural nationalism (d. 1960)
Adelaide Casely-Hayford, MBE (née Smith; 2 June 1868 – 24 January 1960), was a Sierra Leone Creole advocate, an activist for cultural nationalism, educator, short story writer, and feminist. Casely-Hayford was committed to public service and worked to improve the conditions of black men and women. As a pioneer of women’s education in Sierra Leone, she played a key role in popularizing Pan-Africanist and feminist politics during the early nineteen hundreds. She established a school for girls in 1923 called Girl’s Vocational and Training School in Freetown, to instill cultural and racial pride during the colonial years under British rule. Promoting the preservation of Sierra Leone national identity and cultural heritage, in 1925 she wore a traditional African costume to attend a reception in honor of the Prince of Wales, where she created a sensation.
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Today On The Spruce
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Today, we are not writing about food. We’re pausing email and social media as we mourn the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many before them.
As we reflect and organize our efforts as editors and publishers to do our part to fight against systemic racism, it’s clearer than ever that being silent is unacceptable and allows injustice, oppression, and hate to continue and keeps members of our community living in fear. Things absolutely need to change.
We’re working to educate ourselves and encourage our readers to do the same. We are listening and learning and can do better. We are committed to being accountable to our words and will write more in the days and months to come.
Here are four organizations supporting meaningful change:
1. Black Lives Matter
2. The Bail Project
3. The American Civil Liberties Union
4. Campaign Zero
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