This Day In History: 2017-05-31

June 1994 – “Council on American-Islamic Relations is Founded” Three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine established the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The organization focuses on defending the civil rights of Muslims, challenging stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and training Muslims in media relations. The organization was one of the leaders in protecting the rights of Islamic Americans after 9/11, when Muslims in the U.S.experienced an increased level of discrimination and violence.

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2017 1963 - “First African-American Woman to Hold a Cabinet Position and Serve as a U.S. Ambassador” Advocate of women’s rights, Patricia Roberts Harris was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to co-chair the National Women’s Committee for Civil Rights. In 1965, one year after the civil rights act, Patricia R. Harris made history under President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first black female U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. She broke another barrier two years later as the first Dean of Law at her alma mater, Howard University; she became the first black woman to head a law school in the U.S.

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