Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively

In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Justice Department won the first hate-crime case involving a transgender victim and sued two cities for blocking mosques from opening. Prosecutors settled lending-discrimination charges with two banks, then sued a third. They filed legal briefs on behalf of New York teenagers being held in solitary confinement, and accused Louisiana of forcing […]

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Leaders Seek Solutions, Next Steps for Civil Rights Momentum

The best way to channel “black lives matter” energy, many said, is by getting out to vote As the 2016 election draws near, leaders of civil rights organizations are thinking about how to move the conversation generated through the black lives matter movement into more intense civic engagement. “I say protest and push for policy change,” Melanie Campbell, president and […]

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The Road from Selma to Ferguson

Two cities separated by 600 miles and 50 years We remember our wars by their battlegrounds. By the same logic, the long fight for civil rights in the United States is sometimes reduced to a series of cities: Montgomery, Little Rock, Selma. Some would now add to the list Ferguson, Mo., the site of unrest last year over the shooting […]

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March to Focus on Continued Fight for Civil Rights

Alice Long planned months ago to use vacation time to travel from Huntsville, Ala., to the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Long, a NASA administrative assistant, brought along her grandchildren to give them a close-up view of African-American and civil rights history that she said isn’t being taught in schools. “I’m here supporting […]

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The Sisters of Civil Rights Get Their Due

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, MS, speaks to Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party sympathizers outside the Capitol in Washington, September 17, 1965, after the House of Representatives rejected a challenger to the 1964 election of five Mississippi representatives. Many have never heard the names of all the Civil Rights Movement’s heroes. History remembers the “Big Six”—Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, James […]

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