Robert P. Jones in The Atlantic states: “One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown’s death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.” He goes on to say: “The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri…has snapped the issue of race into national focus…causing many Americans to question just how far racial equality and race relations have come, even in an era of a black president and a black attorney general.” To read more, click here.
December 11, 2014
October 2, 2014
Victoria Stilwell of the Bloomberg News reports that Black Americans remain less likely to climb the income ladder and more likely to drop than whites, according to research published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago last month. Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has spurred debate over income inequality, said in an interview that “the whole structure of inequality of income and wealth in the U.S. is very much related to race.” To read more, click here.
June 11, 2014
October 20, 2013
As reported in Reuters, August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The address was a key event in the struggle of African Americans for racial equality. Major dates in the modern U.S. civil rights movement range from 1948 to 2013. To see the timeline published by Yahoo! News, click here.
August 20, 2013
Moscow’s top court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches in the Russian capital for the next 100 years. Earlier Russia’s best-known gay rights campaigner, Nikolay Alexeyev, had gone to court hoping to overturn the city council’s ban on gay parades. The Moscow city government argues that the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event. To read more, click here.
August 16, 2013
A recent law signed by President Vladimir V. Putin has ignited international condemnation. The new law, nominally aimed at “protecting” children by banning “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships,” is widely understood as an effort to suppress homosexuality and Russia’s fledgling gay rights movement. Russia remains a country where discrimination and even violence against gay people are widely tolerated. To read more, click here.
November 6, 2011
Under its “Cold Case Initiative” and the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, the U.S. Justice Department has reviewed deaths that occurred during the civil rights era to look for any cases that could still be prosecuted. For most of the 124 deaths re-examined, investigators issued findings that no further action could be taken. Yet a few cases still remain open. To read the full story, click here.
August 20, 2011
Tara J. Young, a volunteer working on civil rights issues, recently started the Civil Rights Heros on Facebook project, which allows visitors who “like” the page to hear from as many as 100 heroes on significant dates in civil rights history. To read more, click here.
June 1, 2011
Illinois has joined a handful of states and the District of Columbia in providing for civil unions, which give same-sex couples many of the rights and significant legal protections that are afforded to traditionally married men and women. That includes the power to decide medical treatment for an ailing partner and the right to inherit a partner’s property. To read more click here.
To see a listing of states that provide for same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnership, click here.
March 12, 2011
Here is a book about Lincoln’s views on slavery from historian Eric Foner. The book offers nuanced perspectives on the subject that go beyond mere finger-pointing and rhetoric. To read a review from Salon.com click here.
February 9, 2011
A researcher has discovered that black gospel musicians addressed civil rights issues on the “B” sides of many vintage recordings. The article links to a Baylor University site for listening to the recordings. To read more click here.
February 6, 2011
The Justice Department says that only a dozen U.S. Attorney’s offices now have dedicated civil rights units, but the administration is “working to raise that number substantially.” To read the NPR article, click here.
January 31, 2011
Dorothy Height is an important but often unmentioned figure in the civil rights movement. This article talks about Height’s life and the effort by musicians like B.B. King and Taj Mahal to create a musical tribute to her that will be filmed for broadcast next year.
Click here to read the article.