Tag: Civil Rights

In Love and War: Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket Weighs the Price of Freedom

Ayanna Bria Bakari as Evelyn Brandon (top) and Jalen Gilbert as Bowzie BrandonPhoto: Kenny Nakai (TimeLine Theatre Company) It’s funny how the more things change, the more they say the same. Friday, May 17 marked 65 years to the day that the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling—a bittersweet anniversary, as civil and human […]

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ICE’s Brazen Arrests Are Impeding Justice

Earlier this month, two men in street clothes rapidly approached defense attorney Mark Wester and his client in the hallway of the Marlborough District Court. After confirming the defendant’s identity, they flashed their Immigration and Customs Enforcement badges and told Wester that they had come to Marlborough, a town in central Massachusetts, to arrest his […]

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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 She first applied to the university in 1952 but her acceptance was rescinded because of the color of her skin.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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Paying Respect: Medgar Evers’ Mississippi Home Becomes National Monument

Medgar Evers, NAACP’s first field secretary for the state of Mississippi stands nearby a sign of the state Mississippi in this 1958 file photo.Photo: Francis H. Mitchell (AP Photo/Ebony Collection, File) The Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers became a national monument Tuesday, as part of a sweeping, bipartisan public lands […]

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The Key to Genuine Equality? A Union Card

Vickie Hart participates in a union rally Monday, April 4, 2011, in Cleveland. Organized labor is linking a fight for public employee collective bargaining rights to the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unions across Ohio are holding rallies to mark Monday’s 43rd anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., where he […]

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Professor Files Civil Rights Complaint Against Black Girls CODE, Claiming it Discriminates Against White Men

Screenshot: Fox News Today’s episode of WhiteCenter tells the story of the future hall-of-fame Mayo-American advancing one of White America’s oldest and most celebrated pastimes — white people-ing. Allow us to introduce you to present professor Mark Perry, a brave warrior who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of the marginalized and […]

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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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How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

The nightmare haunts Victor Dempsey even in his waking hours, tightening his chest and snatching his breath. It is as if it’s waiting for him, and when he sleeps there’s no escape. The dream first came to him when he was waiting for the verdict in the 2017 criminal trial of the police officer who […]

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Donald Trump Says the ‘Abolition of Civil Rights’ Is One of Our Country’s ‘Greatest Strides’

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Have you ever been watching or listening to someone speak, and suddenly the next thing that comes out of their mouth is something you know they truly believe but did not mean to actually say out loud? That happened to “President” Donald Trump on Thursday morning at the 2019 National […]

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Civil Rights Museum Backflips on Angela Davis Honor (Again)

Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images) First, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute announced that they were honoring human rights icon Angela Davis with its highest award. Then they basically said, “We thought about it and…nah.” Then, they issued a Kevin Hart-like apology for rescinding the award. Then, after resignations, call-outs and controversy, the heralded civil rights […]

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‘A Serious Erosion of Civil Liberties’: Backlash Grows Over Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws

Can you be pulled over and ordered to blow into a breathalyzer, under threat of arrest, for the simple act of returning empty liquor bottles in the middle of the day? Sure can, at least if you’re living north of the border. It happened to a 70-year-old man in Mississauga, Ontario last weekend. As part […]

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Civil Rights Institute Cancels Gala Honoring Angela Davis After Outcry From Jewish Community

Photo: Jemal Countess (Getty Images) One of the nation’s most prominent civil rights museums has reneged on its plans to celebrate one of America’s most outspoken freedom fighters, igniting a national controversy after seemingly genuflecting to grumbles from the area’s Jewish community. On Jan. 4, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute released a weirdly nonspecific statement […]

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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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Betsy DeVos to Pull Back Civil Rights Protections for Black Students Under the Guise of ‘Safety’

Photo: Getty Betsy DeVos continues her methodical dismantling of civil rights protections for vulnerable students, this time setting her sights on Obama-era guidelines put in place to protect black students from being disproportionately disciplined at school. As the Washington Post reports, a school safety commission formed shortly after February’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. is […]

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Legendary ‘Song Stylist’ Nancy Wilson Dies at 81

Nancy Wilson poses with her award for ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ backstage during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Carlo Allegri (Getty Images) Nancy Sue Wilson, the award-winning singer who lent her vocal instrument to the world for over five decades, has died at the age of 81. Wilson’s […]

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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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On #TransDayofRemembrance (and Everyday), We Implore You to Respect and Protect Trans Lives

(L-R) MJ Rodriguez, Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson, Janet Mock and Angelica Ross attend the FX ‘Pose’ Ball on June 2, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Andrew Toth (Getty Images for FX Networks) By all outward appearances, 2018 was a year of incredible progress for trans people. Of the triumphs: Christine Hallquist became the first trans […]

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On #TransDayofRemembrance (and Every Day), We Implore You to Respect and Protect Trans Lives

(L-R) MJ Rodriguez, Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson, Janet Mock and Angelica Ross attend the FX ‘Pose’ Ball on June 2, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Andrew Toth (Getty Images for FX Networks) By all outward appearances, 2018 was a year of incredible progress for trans people. Of the triumphs: Christine Hallquist became the first trans […]

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I’m Not Allowed to Vote Because Florida Thinks I’m a Bad Person

This article is part of our series Why I Didn’t Vote, a collection of essays exploring personal stories of voter disenfranchisement. Read more here. Brett Ramsden spent his early adulthood in and out of jail for breaking into homes, reckless driving, and stealing merchandise from local retail stores to support his opioid habit. In the […]

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I Got Purged from the Voter Rolls While Fighting in the Middle East

This article is part of our series Why I Didn’t Vote, a collection of essays exploring personal stories of voter disenfranchisement. Read more here. Last June, in a 5-4 split, the US Supreme Court upheld a controversial voting law in Ohio that allows the state to purge voters from its registration rolls. The law was […]

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