Tag: Civil Rights

Civil Rights Icon, Prominent Preacher Joseph Lowery Passes Away at 98

His is the epitome of a life well lived. The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader and a co-founder of the influential Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died on Friday at the ripe old age of 98. Advertisement His family issued a statement confirming the passing, saying he died peacefully at his Atlanta […]

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‘Selma Online’ Offers Free Civil Rights Lessons in Response to Lack of Comprehensive Black History Curriculums

Photo: AP Photo/File For its importance in American history, the civil rights movement is not covered with great depth in many k-12 curricula. Case in point: “Bloody Sunday”—during which Martin Luther King, Jr. and scores of nonviolent protesters were violently attacked by police during their march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.—is frequently omitted from social […]

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Laurence Fishburne Tapped to Narrate Seminal ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ For Audible

Award winning actor Laurence Fishburne will narrate the ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) Furious Styles will bring his furious style to one of the greatest stories ever told. No, not the Bible. Another one — considered one of the most important memoirs written within the past century. Advertisement Emmy and Tony award-winning […]

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Rep. John Lewis to Receive Prestigious Honor at 51st NAACP Image Awards

Photo: Brendan Hoffman (Getty Images for Smithsonian Magazine) Congressman John Lewis—not to be mistaken for the late Elijah Cummings—will be honored for his decades of civil rights activism and congressional service at the 51st NAACP Image Awards later this month. According to the NAACP, the 79-year-old icon will receive the prestigious Chairman’s Award in honor […]

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Hoodwinked History: How False Civil Rights Narratives Distort Modern Freedom Struggles

Black history is American history. Full stop. But somehow the history narratives we are taught often grossly misrepresent the history of black people in America. After all, a true and full history of the United States would require a reckoning of a not-so-great country. A history that is mired in hate and fear. The history […]

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Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin Pardoned 67 Years After Being Jailed For Having Sex With Men

Photo: Express (Getty Images) It was hard enough to be a black in America at the height of the civil rights movement. To also be a gay at the time only furthered that hardship. Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin was unfortunately a victim of laws put in place to punish those in the LGBTQ community. […]

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Rosa Parks: Remembering Her Resilience, Resistance In The Face Of Racism

UPDATED: 9:00 a.m. ET, Feb. 4, 2020 — Rosa Parks, befittingly called the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement,” sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott with one special move nearly 65 years ago: staying in her seat. Her move, simple in delivery but stellar in impact, represented a refusal to relinquish her seat to […]

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New Book Highlights The Historic 1969 Sit-In At Swarthmore College

Racial inequities and incidents on college campuses throughout America have sparked a new wave of student activism. This generation of leaders who are at the forefront of working towards bringing transformative justice to their schools stands on the shoulders of fearless Black student activists who came before them; including a group of Swarthmore College scholars […]

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‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

Photo: Madeline Anderson, ‘I Am Somebody’ (Icarus Films) In the spring of 1969, Coretta Scott King stood in front of a packed church in Charleston, S.C., to address a group of striking hospital workers. She wore a simple white dress and layered strands of necklaces, her pressed, shoulder-length hair nestled under a blue cap with […]

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From Washington state to Washington DC, lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

Amid the start of an impeachment trial; talk of mounting hostility with Iran; new trade deals with China, Canada, and Mexico; and the final presidential debate before the start of the Democratic presidential primary season, you might’ve missed it, but it was also a momentous week for facial recognition regulation. A bipartisan group in Congress […]

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NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat

Amtrak had NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund Sherrilyn Ifill all @#$%ed up when she was asked to move her seat to accommodate someone else. Photo: Cliff Owen (Associated Press) They got the right one on the wrong day! The head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund went off on social media about […]

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Black Women Prosecutors Unite After Lawsuit Against ‘Racist’ St. Louis Cops

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Getty On Monday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed what she deemed an unprecedented federal civil rights lawsuit, accusing the city, the local police union and other parties of an orchestrated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. On Tuesday, a group of Black prosecutors led by […]

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Culture War in the Workplace

The proceedings began with three fast, muted raps on the door. Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s family and friends, joined by many, many people who’d never even met her, filled every row in the small, mostly beige hearing room on the third floor of the federal courthouse, somewhere between downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront. Five months before, on […]

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