100 Years Before Rosa Parks

On July 16, back in 1854, African-American schoolteacher Elizabeth Jennings Graham was thrown off a Manhattan Third Avenue streetcar reserved for whites. With the support of the community and the help of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, she sued the streetcar company and won. Jennings was legally represented by 24-year-old lawyer Chester A. Arthur, future President …

A Star Shot in New York City

Some days in New York City history are beyond tragic. Today is one of those days. On this date, back in 1980,  Rock Music icon John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota Apartments on the Upper West Side. The first bullet missed, passing over Lennon’s head and hitting a window …