Civil Rights



“More and more,” MLK wrote in The Progressive, “I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will...” more

Jan 15, 2018 6:00 AM Dispatches

Eleven images from a new exhibit capture the role photojournalists played in giving Americans a window into the Civil Rights movement, and what it was up against. more

Jan 14, 2018 1:12 PM Dispatches

“Despite Trump’s election and despite Jeff Sessions being the Attorney General, I see the community momentum for decarceration and rethinking the criminal justice system is still very vibrant.” more

Nov 15, 2017 8:37 AM Dispatches

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Brandeis Center

Trump’s nomination of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education constitutes a direct threat to academic freedom. more

Nov 3, 2017 2:37 PM Dispatches 3 Comments


CJH (photographer unknown)

The 115th Street Public Library in Harlem has been renamed in his honor. more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dispatches

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Alberto Morales

Delrawn Small was killed by the NYPD in the summer of 2016, and his brother and sister, Victoria Davis and Victor Dempsey, are part of a coalition fighting for police reform in New York. more

Oct 13, 2017 11:13 AM Dispatches


Jack Delano

When black sharecroppers dared to demand a fair share. more

Sep 29, 2017 3:45 PM Dispatches


US Army

“If the people of Little Rock would get together I believe they would find out a different story." more

Sep 26, 2017 10:00 AM Dispatches

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Heather Wilson

The eyes of the country turned to Charlottesville this weekend, but organizers there have been fighting white nationalism for a while. more

Aug 14, 2017 10:52 AM Dispatches

During the past decade, the number of students in charter schools has nearly tripled, with approximately 3.1 million enrolled in 2016-17. In fact, one in eight black students in the United States now attends a charter school. more

Jul 26, 2017 11:13 AM Public School Shakedown



“Feared for my life” is a go-to excuse, accepted in the court of public opinion and by juries, when considering the deaths of black men. more

Jun 28, 2017 10:29 AM Dispatches 1 Comments



Our evolving standards of decency marking the progress of a maturing society can be measured not only in how we punish but what we commemorate. more

May 23, 2017 1:36 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Josh Warren White

The cost of living in a "boom town." more

May 3, 2017 4:52 PM Dispatches

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Courtesy of Sarah Lahm

"All welcome here." more

May 2, 2017 10:30 PM Public School Shakedown

Immigration rights advocate Christine Neumann-Ortiz says the key to a better future for all workers starts with the undocumented ones. more

Apr 30, 2017 10:12 PM Dispatches


Michael Vadon

Donald Trump and Betsy Devos are enamored with school vouchers. Their commitment persists despite the idea's sordid racial history, opposition from the civil rights community, constitutional problems, and proof that vouchers don't help students. more

Apr 25, 2017 10:59 PM Public School Shakedown 2 Comments


Jennifer Towne

From the ground of Chicago’s rally, there was no end in sight to the crowd. more

Jan 23, 2017 11:43 AM Dispatches

Some highlights from the confirmation hearings of one of the most opposed U.S. Attorney General nominees in history. more

Jan 11, 2017 11:00 AM Dispatches

The North Carolina Republicans are attempting a coup, but the resistance is in place. more

Dec 19, 2016 5:05 PM Dispatches

In the wake of the 2016 election, civil rights lawyers can still lay claim to the hard-fought victories of their predecessors. more

Dec 19, 2016 3:42 PM Op-Eds

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    Roberts, Bruce Center for American History

    Members of the Ku Klux Klan strike a defiant pose in 1964. Whether photojournalists were covering current local events like Hickman and Littlejohn, or embedded in the national struggle like Moore and Martin, their pictures were the public’s window into the movement and what it was up against.

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    Littlejohn, Calvin Center for American History

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives a warm welcome at Love Field airport during a visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1959. The moment was captured by local black photojournalist Calvin Littlejohn. Racial segregation dominated American culture for the first half of the 20th century. Many states, especially those like Texas in the South, used segregation to systematically discriminate against black Americans in all areas of public life, including the ballot box, classroom and dining hall.