Tag: Civil Rights Movement (1954-68)

The Case for a More Negative Black History Month

Black History Month is traditionally a time to honor black Americans and, theoretically, accord them their proper place in American history. Every February we re-examine the exemplary lives of Harriet Tubman, Charles Drew, Frederick Douglass and those of lesser known but truly significant leaders, artists, scientists, thinkers and others. The occasion has always felt too […]

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Bayard Rustin, Gay Civil Rights Leader, Is Pardoned in California

LOS ANGELES — The civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, whose legacy had been tarnished by a 1953 conviction under laws that targeted L.G.B.T.Q. people, was posthumously pardoned by Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Tuesday. State lawmakers who lobbied for the pardon had called those old laws unjust tools of oppression. Governor Newsom also announced a […]

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The Journalist and the Murderers

RACE AGAINST TIME A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights EraBy Jerry Mitchell In “Race Against Time,” Jerry Mitchell chronicles belated efforts — many of them spurred by his own work as a journalist — to prosecute perpetrators of racially motivated violence in Alabama and Mississippi during the 1960s. Beginning in […]

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The Many Polarizations of America

This month has brought a surfeit of interesting new books about American politics, most of them attempts to explain exactly how we reached our current era of gridlock and demagogy, in which disliked establishments and disreputable populists clash by night. This task means that they are necessarily studies in polarization, in the roots of partisan […]

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The Trump Administration Is Clearing the Way for Housing Discrimination

On Monday, the nation honored the towering legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the progress he demanded remains unfinished, and nowhere more than in the deeply segregated neighborhoods many of us call home. Dr. King understood that where a person lives determines so many of their opportunities, including access to good […]

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An Effort to Clear Bayard Rustin’s Name

ImageBayard Rustin points to a map showing the path of the March on Washington during a news conference at the New York City headquarters in 1963.Credit…Associated Press (Don’t get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) He worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. for decades as a planner of the Montgomery bus boycott and as […]

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Democratic Candidates Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy at South Carolina Events

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several Democratic presidential candidates, hoping to chip away at former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s support in South Carolina, gathered in the state capital on Monday morning to make remarks honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and take part in an annual holiday march and rally that had election-year […]

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Did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?

THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENTAmerica Since the SixtiesBy Christopher Caldwell In September 2016, a scholar named Angelo M. Codevilla published an article in the conservative Claremont Review of Books ominously titled “After the Republic.” The election, he said, would not change the fact that “the Republic established by America’s founders is probably gone” — kicked aside […]

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