Tag: civil rights movement

Unita Blackwell, Civil Rights Activist and the 1st Black Woman to Be Elected a Mayor in Mississippi, Dies at 86

Unita Blackwell in 2001Photo: Associated Press Unita Blackwell, a veteran of the civil rights movement and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant who was the first black woman to be elected a mayor in the state of Mississippi, has died. She was 86. Blackwell’s son confirmed that she died Monday, according to the Associated Press. Blackwell […]

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Chris McNair, Father of 16th Street Church Bombing Victim Denise McNair, Dies at 93

Chris McNair, father of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victim Denise McNairPhoto: Getty His eldest child, an 11-year-old girl named Denise McNair, was brutally taken from him and their family by a group of home-grown terrorists known as the Ku Klux Klan in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Ala’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Now, Chris […]

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University of Alabama’s First Black Student Receives Honorary Degree 63 Years After Expulsion

Screenshot: WBRC Video (WBRC) In 1956, Autherine Lucy Foster broke racial boundaries when she enrolled at the all-white University of Alabama. Her enrollment was preceded by a lengthy court battle. She first applied to the university in 1952 but her acceptance was rescinded because of the color of her skin. After finally being able to […]

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Sign of the Times: Rep. John Lewis Admits He’s Less Hopeful in 2019 Than He Was on Bloody Sunday

Photo: Riccardo S. Savi (Getty Images for U.S. Postal Service) If there’s anyone who can serve as a barometer on how messed up things have gotten in this country, it would be U.S. House Rep. John Lewis. And according to the Civil Rights trailblazer known for getting into good trouble, the U.S. is now in […]

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Taraji P. Henson Brings Ann Atwater’s Activism to Life in The Best of Enemies

Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay and Taraji P. Henson in a scene from The Best of EnemiesPhoto: Annette Brown (STX Films) It is a biblical fact that Taraji P. Henson has never been the one, and so it is fitting for her to play activist and disruptor Ann Atwater in the new film The Best of Enemies. […]

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Possible Arson Fire Burns Down Main Building of Historic Civil Rights Space, the Highlander Center

Photo: iStock Early Friday morning prominent activist and self-proclaimed “Affrilachian,” Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, one of the nation’s oldest social justice institutions and training spaces, received an urgent phone call. Authorities on the other line told her that there was a serious fire on the grounds of […]

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Fire Burns Down Main Building of Historic Civil Rights Space, the Highlander Center

Photo: iStock Early Friday morning, one of the buildings at the Highlander Research and Education Center, one of the nation’s oldest social justice institutions and training spaces, in New Market, Tenn., was engulfed in flames and had burned to the ground. A press release from Highlander notes that only that one building was burned (one […]

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These Women Advance Dr. King’s Mission By Reclaiming the Black Church’s Civil Rights Legacy

A King’s PlaceThere are nearly 1,000 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. across the country, and each has its own unique story. The Root’s A King’s Place series explores streets throughout the nation that bear the civil rights icon’s name and tells the stories of the people who live there.   Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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Exclusive: TIDAL Celebrates Black History Month, Streaming Documentaries and Playlists Highlighting Black Luminaries

Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America, The 44th President: In His Own Words, and 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: Freedom SummerPhoto: Courtesy of TIDAL Black History Month is something we can celebrate with all of our senses, and Tidal is here to activate your sight and hearing. The subscription-based streaming service offering music, […]

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Childhood Home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sold to National Park Service

Screenshot: Jessica McGowan (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the childhood home of Martin Luther King Jr. has been sold to the National Park Service. The home, which had been owned by the King family since 1909, was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Foundation, who then transferred ownership to the […]

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The Life and Triumphs of Civil-Rights Pioneer Dovey Johnson Roundtree Will Be Immortalized in Upcoming Film

Photo: FILE – In this April 20, 2000, file photo, Dovey Roundtree sits for a portrait in Spotsylvania Va. A memoir by the late civil-rights activist is being reissued, and a film version is in the works. Algonquin Books announced Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, that a 10th anniversary edition of Roundtree’s “Mighty Justice” is coming […]

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