Categories & Tags: Race and Civil Rights

In a 'right to work' state, union grows by fighting racism   |   March 13, 2015
By Laverne Wrenn, Labor Notes Racism is still a part of our everyday lives. The recent police murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice highlighted this fact in the...

 

Selma, behind the scenes   |   March 9, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- TV cameras and celebrities descended on Selma over the past week for the 50th anniversary of the famous series of civil rights marches here. Most of the attention...

 

From Selma to sorrow   |   March 9, 2015
By Mary Stanton, Southern Exposure, Fall 1999 "This is not a monument to suffering. It is a memorial to hope," says Maya Linn, designer of the Civil Rights Memorial in...

 

Selma and voting rights: Commemoration or legislation?   |   March 6, 2015
SELMA, Ala. -- This weekend, tens of thousands of people -- including nearly one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and President Obama -- are descending on Alabama to commemorate the...

 

Where you live matters: Concentrated wealth affects mobility   |   March 4, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC Where you start in life affects where you get -- educationally and economically -- in a big way. In sprawling metros of the South, residential segregation...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Hostile state and federal policies threaten historically black colleges   |   February 18, 2015
Number of South Carolina State University supporters who rallied this week against a Republican legislative proposal to close the financially troubled, historically black school...

 

North Carolina's Moral Movement readies for mass march with week of protest actions   |   February 6, 2015
The grassroots movement that's led to the arrest of about 1,000 people since 2013 for engaging in nonviolent protests against the policies of North Carolina's Republican-...

 

Moral Monday photo exhibit opens in North Carolina   |   January 30, 2015
An exhibit featuring portraits of Moral Mondays -- a grassroots social justice movement that has rocked North Carolina and the country since 2013 with mass protests and nonviolent...

 

Supreme Court's latest race case: housing discrimination   |   January 22, 2015
By Nicole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica This week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up one of the most important civil rights cases of the last decade. If you've never heard of Texas...

 

Five decades after momentous civil rights action, Friendship Nine to be exonerated   |   January 19, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams More than fifty years after their "jail, no bail" strategy helped galvanize the fight against racial inequality, serving as a model for...

 

From Selma to Citizens United: The contested struggle for one person, one vote   |   January 16, 2015
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: America's widening racial wealth gap   |   December 19, 2014
Number of times by which the wealth of white U.S. households exceeded that of black households in 2013, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center: 13 In 2010: 8...

 

The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?   |   December 5, 2014
On the morning of Aug. 29, the body of Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a noose fastened to a swing set at a trailer park in the small eastern North Carolina town of Bladenboro...

 

Demographics are not destiny: Facing Race considers the future of race in a diversifying America   |   November 19, 2014
For anyone following the conversation about racial demographics in America, 2043 is a prophetic year. It's the year that the U.S. Census Bureau has projected the nation will...

 

New NC voting law already stopping would-be voters   |   November 4, 2014
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years, Bryan McGowan moved to the mountains of North Carolina this year. McGowan had lived in the state previously while stationed at...

 

Americans disenfranchised for crimes would be able to sway Senate races   |   November 3, 2014
Almost six million Americans cannot vote because of laws that disenfranchise people for felony convictions -- but if their voting rights were restored, they would likely be able...

 

New voters, people of color will be critical in close Georgia races   |   October 30, 2014
In the last couple weeks, polls on Georgia's races for U.S. Senate and governor have become closer and closer -- so close, in fact, that a court decision on Oct. 28 over...

 

Blocking the youth vote in the South   |   October 29, 2014
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly stated that Elizabeth City State University had its early voting place removed from campus, and it failed to include East...

 

Young people's voice needed in building an infrastructure of opportunity   |   October 23, 2014
This week the Durham, North Carolina-based nonprofit MDC released its latest State of the South report highlighting how the American dream of intergenerational upward mobility is...

 

Georgia residents are battling just to get on the bus   |   October 22, 2014
By Brad Wong, Equal Voice News RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Standing off state Route 85, Jessica Jarrett waves a huge placard above her head to draw attention to a voter registration drive...

 

Charlotte immigrant groups mobilize voters in emerging communities   |   October 20, 2014
This fall, two immigrant-support organizations in Charlotte are joining forces to reach out to a thousand Latino and Asian voters in North Carolina's largest city to cast...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

Massive voter registration drive in Georgia fights voter suppression   |   October 16, 2014
While states across the country including Georgia have passed laws imposing new requirements on voters, the nonpartisan New Georgia Project has fought back against the forces of...

 

Moral Monday comes to Ferguson, Missouri   |   October 10, 2014
Plans are underway for a "Weekend of Resistance" that organizers are calling Ferguson October to protest the police killing of teenager Michael Brown, police violence,...

 

Voting rights advocates win key battle in ongoing war over North Carolina election restrictions   |   October 3, 2014
Voting rights advocates are celebrating a partial victory in North Carolina this week after a federal appeals court issued a preliminary injunction blocking two provisions of the...