Categories & Tags: Southern History

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Fables of the Reconstruction: Why Clinton's comments about Southern history matter   |   January 28, 2016
At a CNN town hall for the Democratic presidential hopefuls this week, Hillary Clinton was asked a seemingly softball question: Who is your favorite president of all time? Clinton...

 

VOICES: Labor needs an old-time revival in the South   |   November 6, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   I've long preached about the need for labor and progressives in general who want to win over the South to tap into a Southern tradition...

 

What went wrong with the South?   |   November 3, 2015
By Alyson Zandt, MDC In an article last month for the Washington Post, Chico Harlan describes the difficulties facing young people growing up in some of the nation's lowest...

 

Flag-waving Southern secessionists square off against anti-Rebel flag University of Mississippi students   |   October 19, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Within minutes of a rally Friday by University of Mississippi students calling on the university to take down the state flag with its Confederate emblem...

 

VOICES: Waving the wrong flag   |   October 12, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South MARSHALL, N.C. – Benny Wint grew up as one of the few whites in a black neighborhood of a small South Carolina town. Today, if customers come into...

 

Julian Bond: The meaning of the movement   |   August 20, 2015
Civil rights veteran Julian Bond, who died on Aug. 15, 2015, was one of the founders of the Institute for Southern Studies, and the Institute maintained a close relationship with...

 

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina   |   August 12, 2015
Nine months before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he gave nearly the same address at...

 

VOICES: The future of North Carolina's past   |   August 7, 2015
(Editor's note: After the June massacre of nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church by a racist who embraced the flag of the Confederacy and other white-supremacist...

 

Busting the myth that Congress made Confederate vets into U.S. vets   |   July 24, 2015
Since nine African Americans were gunned down last month in a Charleston, South Carolina church by a white supremacist who posed for photos with a Confederate flag, inspiring...

 

VOICES: Confederate/American — two flags, two outcomes   |   July 22, 2015
By Elaine Parker Adams July 4, 1965 was just another day for me. I had spent the weekend in New Orleans, my hometown, and was headed back to Baton Rouge to prepare for the next...

 

Stamp would honor George Henry White, NC congressman deposed by racist voting laws   |   July 17, 2015
The same day a federal trial began over North Carolina's restrictive and racially discriminatory new voting law, one of the state's congressmen introduced a bill to honor...

 

Civil rights martyr's family sends letter of encouragement to NC voting rights marchers   |   July 14, 2015
Following the opening day of the federal trial over North Carolina's restrictive voting law, as many as 6,000 voting rights supporters marched through the streets of Winston-...

 

The new nullifiers: Southern politicians vow to fight the Supreme Court on marriage equality   |   July 3, 2015
Nullification is the controversial legal theory that a state has the right to reject a federal law that the state has determined to be unconstitutional. After the Supreme Court...

 

FLASHBACK: The Charleston Five and the black struggle for justice   |   July 2, 2015
The June 2015 Charleston church massacre has brought attention to the rich history of social activism at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal and in the city's broader African-...

 

TIMELINE: The rise and fall of the Confederate flag   |   June 26, 2015
Symbols are powerful. The symbolism of the Confederate battle flag flying at full mast on the South Carolina Capitol grounds in the wake of the massacre at the Emanuel African...

 

Overcoming fear: Lessons from the South   |   June 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

He had to be carefully taught   |   June 22, 2015
By Timothy B. Tyson A young man wears Rhodesian and apartheid-era flags on his jacket. Neither country existed during his lifetime. Both flags are commonly worn as in-group...

 

As nation mourns racist murders, flag of hate still flies over South Carolina   |   June 19, 2015
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams This isn't the story about a flag, but there's a flag in this story. On the same day the nation was reeling from the mass murder of nine...

 

Remembering Appalachian folksinging legend Jean Ritchie   |   June 12, 2015
The legendary Appalachian folk singer and mountain dulcimer player Jean Ritchie died earlier this month at her home in Berea, Kentucky. Ritchie, who came to be known as "The...

 

Earth Day: What are we fighting for?   |   April 22, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

The power of the ballot box   |   April 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

Reparations and a conversation about America's redemption   |   April 1, 2015
Students, faculty and community members packed into a basement classroom at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina last week for a panel discussion on reparations and the moral...

 

Elders of the movement   |   March 25, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

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...