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In a video released on Facebook last week, Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke about the importance of science in the United States, how it was such an integral part of what makes the United States the nation it is today, and how it will move humanity into the future. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by National Geographic Studios/ Courtesy of the Everett Collection.
It’s been 47 years since the first #EarthDay, when a group of activists and students gathered in New York City to support conservation efforts and a national teach-in day. As many as 100,000 people came through Central Park that day, and it sparked what has become one of the largest secular holidays celebrated worldwide. | by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
Today, he would have turned 179, but his messages to the world will last as long as there are still paths to walk. Founder of the Sierra Club, author, conservationist, glaciologist, and advocate for nature, John Muir is one of the biggest reasons that wilderness on the West Coast is still wild, including Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Happy birthday to you, John. | courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Born in 1857, Lillian Parker Thomas was a journalist and correspondent editor of The Freeman, the first illustrated black newspaper in America. She was the only woman at the paper to hold that role. The Library of Congress is digitizing portraits of black female activists, bringing their legacies into the spotlight and the 21st century. Read more at Upworthy.com. | courtesy of the Library of Congress.
#OnThisDayInHistory in 1943, after being rounded up and forced to live in German-occupied Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto, tens of thousands of Jews stood up and fought back. They were ordered to surrender to the SS police and move to the Treblinka extermination camp, but instead they revolted for days, even when the ghetto was slowly burned down, block by block. Here, a woman throws flowers onto a memorial recognizing those who lost their life in the revolt, and honoring the bravery and strength it took to stand up. | by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images.
50 years ago, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. She entered when the race was still only open to men, and the organizer tried to stop her by grabbing her as she ran. But he was unsuccessful — with the help of men running around her, the race organizer was stopped and she was able to complete the entire race. This year, she ran the marathon again, wearing the same number she wore the first time, 261. | by Elise Amendola/AP.
Last year, the royal family took a bold stand by coming together to support mental health awareness in a viral video. And just this week, Prince Harry spoke out on why that PSA and raising awareness around mental health is so, so important to him. Read more about Prince Harry’s decision — and struggles in the past — now on Upworthy.com. | by John Phillips/Getty Images.
Before launching his career as an actor, Jon Hamm worked as a busboy, dishwasher, waiter, and teacher. In a new essay, he’s speaking out about how his experience in those industries shaped his life and how our world would be a very different place without those important roles. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW.
On April 12, Malala Yousafzai became the sixth and youngest person to ever receive an honorary Canadian citizenship. In an address, she asked the nation’s parliament to continue supporting education for girls and refugees around the world. | by Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP.
Sometimes, learning how to take on #allergies can be an easy way of learning how to take on other things in life. #ad
Coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef, while heartbreaking to see, isn’t a new experience — but this is the first time that it’s been known to happen for two years in a row. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Greg Torda/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
On #ThisDayInHistory, Chicago celebrated a historic election and momentous victory. In 1983, Harold Washington became the first black mayor in the city’s history, a position he held for four years. | by John Swart/AP.
In a new interview with @marieclairemag, @janellemonae had a few candid and strong remarks about what it means to stay in control of your life and yourself as a woman in Hollywood. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Charley Gallay/Getty Images.
During the morning masses celebrating Palm Sunday, attacks at two separate Coptic Christian churches in Egypt took the lives of dozens and left nearly 100 injured. The country has declared a three-month state of emergency in response to the attacks, one of the most devastating in recent memory that community. | by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images.
On #ThisDayinHistory, a voice known on both sides of the Atlantic erupted from in front of the Lincoln Memorial, marking one of America’s most important musical events of the 20th century. Marian Anderson performed in front of 75,000 people at the National Mall at the invitation of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The invitation came after Anderson had been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., by Howard University, and the only venue large enough to accommodate the crowds, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution, turned her away because she was not a white artist. World War II raged on in Europe and the Great Depression continued to take its toll on the United States, but on this one April day in 1939, Marian Anderson’s voice sang out to the nation and pushed back against segregation with each perfect note. | courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania.
The history of black women is represented in each item of this fashion line created by Rachel Powell (@elfredastudios), a senior at Cornell University. The collection, “Roots,” draws inspiration from multiple sources, including the African diaspora, the civil rights movement, Maya Angelou’s poem “My Guilt,” and the miniseries “Roots.” The traces of each can be found in every stitch and fabric selected, with the entire collection coming together to tell a powerful story. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Nadia May, @thecbgnadia.
On April 3, two political leaders in the Netherlands arrived for an interview holding hands, showing their support for a gay couple that was attacked for holding hands in public in the Dutch city of Arnhem. Their act of defiance against hate was then repeated by Dutch politicians around the world, from New York City, to Greece. Read more at Upworthy.com. | by Lex Van Lieshout/AFP/Getty Images.
It’s been nearly 60 years since the Dalai Lama has returned to his homeland of Tibet, but he hasn’t forgotten the people who helped him to safety when he was forced to flee. On April 2, he was reunited with the sole known survivor of the group of Indian border guards who received him the day he left, Naren Chandra Das. | by Biju Boro/APF/Getty Images.
Today marks the 161st birthday of Booker Taliaferro Washington, a powerful leader in the black community at the turn of the 20th century and an advisor to multiple U.S. presidents. An author, an editor, a political activist, he advocated publicly and loudly for the education and business independence of the black community as Jim Crow laws were being set into place, but privately funded and fought alongside W.E.B. DuBois and the NAACP to challenge voting restrictions and create political change. During his 59 years of life, he wrote 14 books, helped form what is known now as Alabama’s Tuskegee University, founded the National Negro Business League, and laid the groundwork, alongside W.E.B. DuBois and countless others, for the 1950s civil rights movement to take place. Happy birthday to you, Booker T. Washington, and thank you for all that you fought for. | courtesy of The Library of Congress.
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Dr. Temple Grandin didn’t receive an official autism diagnosis until she was in her 40s. But when Grandin was a child, her mother recognized the signs and ensured that she received treatment early on. Because of love, support, and a range of therapy, she’s gone on to not only become a leading expert in animal behavior, but also one of the first people on the autism spectrum to speak and write publicly about her experiences in the world. She’s become a lifelong advocate for others on the spectrum. #AutismAwarenessMonth#WorldAutismDay | by Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register/AP
On #ThisDayinHistory just 16 years ago, the Netherlands became the first nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, opening a door for love to finally be recognized equally in the eyes of the law and setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. #loveisloveislove | by Peter Dejong/AP
On #ThisDayinHistory in 1888, the National Council of Women of the United States, along with the International Council of Women, formalized their constitution and became an official organization. With powerful feminists at the helm, such as Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Julia Ward Howe, Frances E. Willard, and Susan B. Anthony, the NCWUS is recognized today as the oldest nonsectarian women’s organization in the United States. #WomensHistoryMonth | Clockwise from top left, Sojourner Truth, circa 1864; Susan B. Anthony, circa 1870; Julia Ward Howe, circa 1902; Clara Barton, circa 1904. s courtesy of The Library of Congress.
A groundbreaking leader and activist, Sarah McBride has been making headlines and changing history since her college years. At just 26 years old, she undoubtedly has a lifetime of changing lives ahead of her. The National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, she took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention. #WomensHistoryMonth | by Paul Sancya/AP.
It’s just one teddy bear, but for this one girl, it means the world. As 10-year-old Sarah prepares to begin life in a new country, it might be one of the only belongings she’s able to bring with her. As with many other refugees, the belongings from their first home may be few, and what they’re able to bring with them when they’re about to be resettled into a more permanent home could amount to even less. But whether it’s a necklace, a book, or, for this one Burmese refugee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a teddy bear, it’s important. | by Joshua Paul/AP.
You may not recognize her name right away, but the tune you’re singing to celebrate her birthday is the one she and her sister wrote together in 1893. Today marks the 149th birthday of Patty Smith Hill, who advocated for the education of children through her entire life and wrote a tune with her sister Mildred that has become the most widely recognized song in the English language. The founder of the National Association for Nursery Education, now known as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the song was initially called “Good morning to all” and was meant to be a bright welcome to children in the classroom. Today, the version you may be more familiar with is “Happy birthday to you.” | courtesy of Filson Historical Society.
From concerts to operas to solo performances and vaudeville, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones was a master of any stage she stepped on and could command an audience from the first note she sang. Her chosen stage name was either Madame Jones or Madame Sissieretta Jones, but many referred to her simply as the “Black Patti,” a comparison to the Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones became the first black performer to take the stage at Carnegie Hall, which was known as simply the Music Hall in New York at the time, and was a regular at Madison Square Garden. Four U.S. presidents heard her perform, as did the British royal family, and her talents brought her to stages around the world, from Europe to Australia, South America, and beyond. She was known as one of the greatest opera singers of her time, but she retired in 1915 to care for her mother. In 1933, Madame Jones left the world stage at the age of 65. | public domain.
On #ThisDayinHistory, a monumental movement made its march to Montgomery, Alabama, with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the front of the crowd. It was the end of a five-day march that began in Selma, Alabama, a follow-up to the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was attacked on a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” When King and the thousands of peaceful protesters arrived in Montgomery, a major turning point in the civil rights and voting rights movement was reached, and American history was made. | by AP.
On #ThisDayinHistory in 2002, Halle Berry became the first black woman to ever take home an Academy Award for Best Actress. It marked a major change in 74 years of the awards show’s history, but to this day, even 15 years later, she is still the only black actress to receive an award in that category. | by Getty Images.
Yesterday, London was the site of a heartbreaking attack that took the lives of four and injured more than 20 others, but today, the city is showing its resiliency in the face of such pain. Signs at tube stations across London have been covered with quotes that inspire strength and courage, with the statement #WeAreNotAfraid ending every message. | by Matt Dunham/AP.
Young Sofia has a message she wants to share with the world about what it's like to have Down syndrome. Special thanks to sofia-sanchez.com. #WDSD17
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Chisholm was a political force to be reckoned with and a powerhouse who opened doors left and right, pushing through to Capitol Hill and almost to the White House. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress, representing New York’s 12th district. Her campaign slogan? “Unbought and unbossed.” She began her term in January 1969 and held the seat until 1983. In 1972, she officially announced her campaign for president, making her the first woman to run as a Democrat and the first black major-party candidate in history. She lost the nomination to Gov. George McGovern, who lost the race to Richard Nixon, but she won a place in history and showed generations that it’s possible for them, too. #WomensHistoryMonth | by Charles Gorry/AP.
On #ThisDayinHistory in 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned for civil disobedience, beginning a six-year sentence. The leader of the movement calling for independence from British rule in India, he advocated nonviolent resistance to the crown’s rule. After one protest turned violent, he was charged with plotting against the government and faced one of many arrests. | by AP.
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