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Join the movement to Award Homer Plessy the Presidential Medal of Freedom

May 18, 2016, is the 120 anniversary of the decision in the Plessy V. Ferguson case. Our foundation has launched a project to request that Homer Plessy be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his important role in the American Civil Rights Struggle. In order to have President Obama consider the request, we must get 100,000 signatures on the White House petition site. We need 100,000 signatures by May 15th.

On June 7, 1892, Plessy a mixed-race shoemaker, was sent to jail for sitting in the “white” only car on the East Louisiana railroad, defying a local segregation ordinance. He later became the plaintiff in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, where, the Justices decided against him in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896. The loss of the Supreme Court case in 1896 resulted in Plessy’s name being forever associated with the long and oppressive blight of Jim Crow laws and has obscured his contribution to the legal, social and moral movement to abolish those restrictive laws. In 1954, the Brown v. Board of Education initiated a new era and the gradual dismantling of legalized American apartheid. Be a part of removing the burdensome legacy of Jim Crow history from his name. The Presidential Medal of Freedom will give him the recognition that he and his fellow civil rights activists so richly deserve. Please support his nomination by signing this petition. Your help in this effort is deeply appreciated. Students, ages 13 and older can also participate by signing the petition. Let’s restore Homer A Plessy’s name with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Please sign the petition here. Read the full petition here.  

Read the letter to the President from Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana.