Civil Rights

Plaintiffs are litigating voting rights cases in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and several other states. Some will succeed, some will fail, but all will be more uncertain and expensive thanks to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Read more


“For that kind of money,” Vonnegut cracked on the CBS Evening News, “the least [NASA] can do is discover God.” Civil rights activists, anti-Vietnam War protesters and even top scientists were skeptical of the Apollo moon mission at the time. Read more

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We share an excerpt from nationally syndicated talk-show host Thom Hartmann’s new book. Read more


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“We don’t believe in helicopter leadership.” Read more


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National Park Service

“He knew, as he and his wife told me and anybody else who asked them, that any or all of the family of six might die any day.” Read more


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Caryn Davidson

From February 5-9, educators across the nation will participate in a week of action to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Read more

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“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...” Read more


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. Read more


“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.” Read more


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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. Read more

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


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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. Read more



Jack Delano

When black sharecroppers dared to demand a fair share. Read more



US Army

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


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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. Read more


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. Read more

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“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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Josh Warren White

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


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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.