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After a Snapchat video of him forcing a young Black woman to walk in the freezing cold with the subtitles “what Black Girl Magic Looks Like” and “celebrating Black History Month,” a white Detroit police officer is under internal investigation. Corporal Gary Steele, according to WXYZ Detroit News, pulled over Ariel Moore, 24, on Tuesday night for having expired plates. He then told her to get out of her car and walk outside in the bitter cold. He recorded her walking the one block to her house, and you can hear him say Moore, “Bye Felicia,” in the video. “What they put on there, that’s racist,” Monique Mobley, Moore’s mother, told the news station. “They…

Fred Gray, the legendary civil rights lawyer whose clients include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Claudette Colvin, is still practicing law at the age of 91. Gray is a Montgomery, Alabama native who returned home after graduate school to open his own private law practice, according to the King Institute. Dr. King once referred to Gray as “the brilliant young Negro who later became the chief counsel for the protest movement.” He advised Rosa Parks, King’s Montgomery Improvement Association, the NAACP’s local branch and state conference, and the Montgomery Progressive Democratic Association on legal matters. Gray’s knowledge helped secure the desegregation of Montgomery buses, and he even represented Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks when they were cited with disorderly conduct for refusing to give up their seats to white passengers. Gray fought for voting rights, educational rights, the freedom to march peacefully, the opportunity for Black people to serve on juries, and was a strong and vocal opponent of injustices such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment throughout his career. Gray was elected to the Alabama State Legislature in 1970, representing Tuskegee and became one of just two Black legislators since Reconstruction. Gray received multiple prizes for his work, including the Equal Justice Award from the American Bar Association in 1977 and the Drum Major Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1980. In 2001, he was elected as the Alabama State Bar Association’s first African American president. Gray has continued to practice law, and on December 14th, he celebrated his 91st birthday. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights used Twitter to pay tribute to the legendary lawyer, with filmmaker Ava DuVernay retweeting it and wishing her well.