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50 Years Ago Today, “Bloody Sunday” Catalyzed The Civil Rights Movement. Are We Backsliding?

By Inae Oh This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” assault in Alabama, where on March 7, 1965, police violently assaulted hundreds of demonstrators attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest the fatal police shooting … Continue reading

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America still hasn’t built racial justice in the years post-Selma

By Steven W. Thrasher America has failed to deliver justice for the many who gave their lives for the Selma to Montgomery marches, and all they stood for. Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and thousands who faced down segregation – … Continue reading

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50 years ago: Mixed views about civil rights but support for Selma demonstrators

By Andrew Kohut When civil rights activists led a bloody protest march in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, that is credited with helping to assure passage of the Voting Rights Act that year, civil rights was a top issue … Continue reading

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50 Years After Freedom Summer, America Needs a Revived Movement for Racial Justice

The Editors On the last Tuesday in June, six-term Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran narrowly won a hard-fought Republican run-off election against his virulently anti-government Tea Party challenger, Chris McDaniel. The reason, the pundits quickly concluded, was an unprecedented surge in … Continue reading

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How we get Dr. King wrong: “We’ve deliberately dismembered him,” Michael Eric Dyson tells Salon

By Josh Eidelson “In the last thirty years we have trapped King in romantic images or frozen his legacy in worship,” Michael Eric Dyson wrote in his 2000 book “I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece

By Malcolm Jones Martin Luther King’s gifts were manifest. He was an inspired leader, a galvanizing orator, and a brilliant polemicist and prose writer. But more than anything, he knew how to rise to an occasion. On December 10, 1964, … Continue reading

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1963 March on Washington

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Not Just A ‘Black Thing’: An Asian-American’s Bond With Malcolm X

By Hansi Lo Wang The brief friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama began close to 50 years ago with a handshake. Diane Fujino, chairwoman of the Asian-American studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, details the moment … Continue reading

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Joan Baez – We Shall Overcome

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James Brown – Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud

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