Tag: Civil Rights Movement

Josephine Baker Is Still Breaking Barriers Becoming First Black Woman To Enter The Panthéon

NewsOne Featured Video Source: PIERRE GUILLAUD / Getty Josephine Baker became an iconic symbol during the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties for her groundbreaking acting career. The legendary dancer and civil rights activist was the first Black woman to star in a major studio production in the 1927 silent film “Siren of the Tropics.” […]

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Civil Rights Icon and Educator Bob Moses Dies at 86

In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Robert “Bob” Moses, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) project director in 1964, discusses the importance of Freedom Summer 1964 during the 50th Anniversary conference at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss.Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (AP) “[In] Mississippi, Bob Moses was the equivalent of Martin Luther King,” Taylor Branch, author […]

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Malcolm X’s Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz To Produce TV Series About His Coming Of Age Story

NewsOne Featured Video From the 1992 Spike Lee film Malcolm X to the Netflix docuseries Who Killed Malcolm X?, several television and film projects have delved into the life experiences that shaped the activist who left an indelible influence on the world. The latest project to focus on the legacy of Malcolm X is being […]

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Veteran SNCC Organizer And The Algebra Project Founder Bob Moses Dies At 86

NewsOne Featured Video Source: Leni Sinclair / Getty Robert “Bob” Moses inspired generations of organizers, engaging with them around the importance of collective action and respecting local knowledge. As news broke of his passing Sunday, his legacy and impact could be felt across the internet. He was   86.    From the stories and anecdotes, one […]

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‘She Was Born a Leader’: Civil Rights Pioneer Gloria Richardson Dies at 99

In this July 21, 1963, file photo, Gloria Richardson, head of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, pushes a National Guardsman’s bayonet aside as she moves among a crowd of African Americans to convince them to disperse in Cambridge, Md. Photo: Associated Press file photo (AP) Civil rights activist Gloria Richardson, whose fearlessness was famously immortalized […]

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Kevin McCarthy’s Loud and Wrong Take on Martin Luther King Jr. Called Out by People Who Know How Google Works

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) There are many reasons I refuse to discuss racism with white people. They debate race from a place of willful obtuseness; they both figuratively and literally have no skin in the game; their breath smells like hot bologna even through a computer screen, etc. (That last one was petty and […]

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett Becomes First Black Woman to Be Honored in Chicago With a Monument

A ceremony to dedicate a monument to journalist, educator, and civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells is held on June 30, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The monument, created by artist Richard Hunt, stands where the Ida B. Wells public housing complex once stood in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Let it never […]

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Case Files for 1964 Lynchings of Civil Rights Activists Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner Made Public for the First Time

Holding signs with images of murdered Mississippi civil rights workers James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, demonstrators rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Leaders from Congress joined civil rights icons to rally as the court prepared to hear oral arguments in Shelby County v. […]

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Activists Follow the Example of the Freedom Riders During a Trip to Promote Rights for Black Voters

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 06: Congressman John Lewis(L) speaks along with other freedom riders during the premiere of “Freedom Riders” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Freedom Rides at The Newseum on May 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo: Kris Connor (Getty Images) Sixty years after the Freedom Riders–a group of civil rights […]

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Democrat’s Failed Attempt to Pass Voting Rights, Explained

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Senate Republicans blocked one of the widest-ranging federal attempts to strengthen national voting rights on Tuesday, preventing Democrats from advancing the For the People Act toward becoming federal law. Advertisement CNN reports: A procedural vote to open debate on the legislation was defeated by a tally of 50-50, falling short […]

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White House Finally Moving Forward With Investigations Into Civil Rights Cold Cases Related to Unsolved Murders of Black People

Photo: Castleski (Shutterstock) In 2019, former President Donald Trump signed a law commissioning the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board, which would be granted the power to “declassify government files and subpoena new testimony in the hopes of reopening cases or revealing publicly why many were never fully investigated,” according to a Politico report […]

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Are You a Racist Senator? A Quiz

Photo: Michael Swensen (Getty Images) This quiz is not about Joe Manchin. It was designed by a team of experts for the elected members of the nation’s most exclusive legislative body. If you are unsure whether or not your actions are racist, simply take this 20-question quiz, email it to AmIracist@theroot.com and we will return […]

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18-Year-Old Gives Inspiring Speech After Becoming 1st Black Male Valedictorian at California High School

Screenshot: YouTube (Other) While graduation season is always a particularly heartwarming time, I have to say it feels a little more special this year. This year’s graduating class had to endure a school year that was unlike any other, with the pandemic and virtual learning creating what I can only imagine was one arduous senior […]

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It Turns Out, All Those ‘Woke’ White Allies Were Lying

Photo: Kerem Yucel (Getty Images) When the country collectively witnessed the brutal May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, white people were forever changed. Millions took to the streets, arm-in-arm with their fellow brethren, offering their support for justice and equality. Corporations changed their policies. Individuals joined the movement. To prove their commitment, companies pledged […]

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Black Politics After George Floyd

Last summer, a self-appointed leader stared down a few rows of cops and began shouting, “Take a knee.” The chant had spread across the country in the mistaken belief that such a short performance would help heal the wounds of many centuries. I did not join this chant. Having spent many nights running from the […]

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