civil rights

Activists rally on the Arkansas Capitol steps on Feb. 23, 2023, to protest several bills moving through the Legislature that they say infringe on civil rights, including affirmative action, access to public education, health care for transgender youth, citizen-led ballot initiatives and several others. (Tess Vrbin/Arkansas Advocate)

Protesters gather at Arkansas Capitol to oppose wide range of legislation targeting civil rights

BY: - February 23, 2023

A crowd of about 75 people gathered Thursday afternoon on the Arkansas Capitol steps so legislators would know that the people they represent “are not sitting quietly” in the face of attacks on their rights, said Kymara Seals, a co-organizer of the protest. “We are at our house, the people’s house,” Seals said to a […]

American civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968) delivers his "I have a dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, Aug. 28, 1963. (Photo by Washington Bureau/Getty Images)

How the distortion of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words enables more, not less, racial division

BY: - January 17, 2023

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is just the latest conservative lawmaker to misuse the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to judge a person on character and not race. In the protracted battle to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, Roy, a Republican, nominated a Black man, Byron Donalds, […]

President Joe Biden addresses a crowd in Columbia, South Carolina, in February 2020. He recommended on Dec. 1, 2022, that the Democratic National Party replace New Hampshire as the first state to hold a Democratic presidential primary with South Carolina.

Report: Biden says South Carolina should be first primary state, Michigan first in Midwest

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is recommending to the Democratic National Committee that South Carolina become the first primary state in the presidential nominating process in 2024, and that New Hampshire and Nevada follow a week later — leaving Iowa out of the early lineup, the Washington Post reported Thursday night. Georgia and Michigan would […]

Wilma Mankiller served in the top leadership role of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995. (Peter Turnley/Corbis Historical via Getty Images)

Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of Cherokee Nation, continues to inspire

BY: - November 28, 2022

If you fish in your pocket or purse for a U.S. quarter today, there’s a chance you’ll see Wilma Mankiller’s face. She was the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief, and she inspired generations of Cherokees and young Native people like me. In 2022, Mankiller was one of the first women honored by appearing on […]

Journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson (left) is one of three National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award honorees this month. Here she receives the 2015 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the White House in September 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Authors Taylor Branch, Isabel Wilkerson, and FedEx founder Fred Smith honored with Freedom Award

BY: - October 10, 2022

Authors Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson and FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith are this year’s Freedom Award honorees from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, museum officials announced Monday. The Freedom Award gala and presentation will be held Oct. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. Branch is best known for his trilogy on […]

Confronting history, Congress studies addition of lynching sites to national park system

BY: - September 12, 2022

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. A bill from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, […]