On This Day in History

  1. Google Doodle Celebrating the 153rd Birthday of Jane Addams

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    Google Doodle commemorating Jane Addams’ life & service that was shared on Fri., Sept. 6th, 2013.

    Google chose to celebrate the life and service of Jane Addams, the Founding Grandmother of Social Work, with a Google Doodle.  Jane Addams and others like her who fought for equality and humane services and treatment to the most vulnerable and oppressed in society, is the reason why social work exists today.   (more…)

  1. Reflection of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

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    Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
    Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
    Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

    Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “I Have A Dream” speech.

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    Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Dr. King’s speech was a pivotal moment for the Civil Rights Movement, and has influenced generations long after that historical moment on the National Mall.  To watch videos and view photographs from that day and to hear his strong voice declare the dream he had for this country truly sends chills down one’s spine.  Dr. King was a masterful speaker, and that speech solidified his importance to not only civil rights, but being considered a leader throughout the world because his message was universal to all.

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  1. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Medicare Bill on this date in 1965

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    On June 30th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare Bill into law, making health insurance available to elderly Americans.  This piece of legislation was one of many of Johnson’s focus when it comes to creating a “great society” that highlighted the importance of improving the well-being of all Americans, especially those who were discriminated against and underprivileged in our communities.

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  1. Today is the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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    Today commemorates the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This act was the 1st piece of legislation that sought to create a level playing field for people with disabilities in American society.  The act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on June 26th, 1990.

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