"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -Barack Obama
History is always filled with change. It is not always apparant at the time that change is occuring. But looking back after the fact can help us to recognize the change that has happened. Even though we may not be able to pinpoint an exact moment in time or key event, we can study the differences between then and now. This helps provide a roadmap to change the misfortunes and injustices of today so that we can create a better community for tomorrow.
Desegregation of Pennsylvania Schools ended the practice of seperate, but equal schools based on race. Elias H. Allen tried to enroll his two children into an all-white Meadville school. He appealed to the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas and sued the Crawford County School Board.
Stephen Smith Letter Stephen Smith was a successful African-American businessman who lived in Columbia, Lancaster County. In 1834, his office was destroyed by a mob of white men demanding the sale of African American owned property. Mr. Smith wrote to his state senator, John Strohm, reminding him of the need for change in Columbia.
Labor and Occupation to 1860 and Labor and Occupation 1860 to WWII investigates occupation for both free and enslaved African Americans from the late seventeeth through World War II.