Civil Rights Movement

Black, female nurses protesting cuts to health care access

READ: Why Health Care is a Civil Right

Vann R. Newkirk II breaks down the ways the fight for racial equity intersects with the fight for access to health care.

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Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Civil Rights Movement Photos

Bob Adelman’s photos of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and other racial justice figures from the 1960s onward will now be part of the Library’s collection. 

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John Lewis Doc Coming to PBS in February

“Get in the Way” will air on February 10.

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''I Am Not Your Negro' Director Raoul Peck on James Baldwin's Legacy

The Haitian filmmaker’s new documentary weaves the compelling story of Black resistance from the 1950s to present using Baldwin’s unfinished “Remember This House” manuscript as its guide.

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READ: Coretta Scott King's 1986 Letter Condemning Jeff Sessions

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly Black voters.”

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QUOTABLE: Read This Sobering Passage From 'Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File'

Scholar John Edgar Wideman’s new book explores the story of Emmett Till’s father, Louis. The U.S. Army convicted the elder Till of rape and murder during World War II and hanged him; leaks about his story derailed attempts to successfully convict his son’s murderers. The book is available today via Scribner.

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WATCH: Trailer for 'And Still I Rise' Explores Recent History of Black America

Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the four-hour series aims to uncover how African Americans have changed the world.

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Kennedy Center to Honor Mavis Staples

The singer—who achieved fame while singing Civil Rights Movement-oriented songs with her sisters as The Staple Singers—will be honored alongside Al Pacino and James Taylor. 

Ken Burns Says His New Jackie Robinson Doc is About Black Lives Matter

From integrated swimming pools to driving while Black, the director uses his new documentary to show how activists are still fighting the same battles—just with new names.

WATCH: Gary Clark Jr. Celebrates Black Resistance Through the Ages in 'Hold On' Video

From the Freedom Rides to the protests in Ferguson, Clark affirms the power of fighting for justice in his new music video. 

10 Times the Oscars Snubbed Black People

From Ava DuVernay to Forest Whitaker, here are just a few of the Black performers and creators that the Academy told, “Nah, we’ll go with a White person.” 

Today: White House Will Bring Together Civil Rights Activists Past and Present

President Obama is set to meet with leaders from Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights movement.

EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Studs Terkel’s 'Black Power' Interview with Activist Charles Hamilton

As Chicago’s WFMT kicks off a campaign to bring the broadcaster’s legacy to the Internet, Colorlines has rare audio of his interview with the man who co-authored “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation” with Kwame Ture.

'Soundtrack 63' Commemorates New Orleans' Exceptional Civil Rights History Through Music and Poetry

The event features commentary from Sonia Sanchez and Dr. Cornel West. 

WATCH: Video Explores Historical Links Between the Police and KKK

Fusion reports on the striking similarities between unsolved Civil Rights Movement-era killings and today’s police-involved deaths.

10 Quotes to Celebrate the Life of Revolutionary Activist Grace Lee Boggs

Boggs died today at the age of 100. Get familiar.

#TBT: U.S. Court Ruling Enforces James Meredith's Desegregation of Ole Miss

In one of the Civil Rights Movement’s landmark moments, a U.S. Court of Appeals enforced James Meredith’s right to attend the University of Mississippi on this date in 1962. 

John Lewis Recreated Selma March at Comic-Con in Full Costume

Rep. John Lewis returns to Comic-Con in “official outfit” from Selma march and shows the world what a real superhero looks like.

Ava DuVernay on 'Selma' Criticism: 'I Wasn't Interested in Making a White Savior Movie'

“There was some process to it that was important to show.”

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act's 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

Fifty years after the Jim Crow-busting Civil Rights Act became law, occupational segregation runs rampant in the United States.