Categories & Tags: civil rights movement

'I question America': Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's challenge to white supremacy   |   August 21, 2014
This week marks 50 years since Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), delivered a historic speech to the credentials committee of the...

 

New Orleans' new civil rights leaders   |   August 14, 2014
By Bill Quigley Like many cities in the South, New Orleans has a proud history of civil rights leadership -- along with an equally grim history of civil rights violations. That...

 

Hundreds rally for a union election at Mississippi Nissan plant during Freedom Summer gathering   |   July 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   CANTON, Miss. -- The June 27 pro-union rally by an estimated 400 students, activists, ministers and workers in front of the mile-long...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Looking back on the 'law that created modern America'   |   July 2, 2014
Date on which President Lyndon Johnson, facing growing national unrest over racial segregation, signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has been called "the law...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Mississippi freedom struggle at 50   |   June 27, 2014
Number of people who gathered this week at Mississippi's Tougaloo College for a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a watershed moment in the U.S. civil...

 

For inspiration, look to the history of public worker strikes   |   June 19, 2014
By Joe Burns, Labor South Politicians want to turn the clock back 50 years by restricting the bargaining rights of millions of public workers. Unions would do well to look back,...

 

A year in, Moral Monday movement plans new protests, more organizing   |   April 29, 2014
Today marks one year since 17 North Carolinians were arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience at the General Assembly while protesting Republican plans to restrict voting rights...

 

Was the police state that was Mississippi a model for the nation?   |   April 17, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. -- They wanted to know about your phone calls, your conversations, your meetings with others, your political leanings, your opinions, your...

 

Snowden and the South's history of spying   |   March 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Yours truly was on a panel titled "What We Learn from the Snowden/NSA Files" held at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics...

 

From Selma to Raleigh: Moral Movement readies for mass march on NC capitol   |   February 6, 2014
North Carolina's Forward Together Moral Movement that led to the arrests of over 900 people last year in nonviolent Moral Monday protests against the state government's...

 

The power of Southern song: How the South shaped Pete Seeger   |   January 31, 2014
Before he became a folk music legend, Pete Seeger wanted to be a journalist. It was this perspective as a reporter and storyteller that defined Seeger's approach to singing...

 

Creating a culture of unionism in the South   |   August 20, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility...

 

What's next for Moral Mondays?   |   August 2, 2013
This week's Moral Monday protest in Raleigh, N.C. was the 13th and last of this year's legislative session, which ended last week. It was also the biggest protest yet...

 

Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees   |   June 19, 2013
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who've been arrested as part of the Moral Monday...

 

VOICES: NSA spying comes as no surprise to Gulf Coast advocates   |   June 18, 2013
By Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf It sounds like the stuff of movie scripts and novel fodder, the idea of darkly clothed men sneaking in and out of hotel rooms, leaving behind...

 

Why I joined Moral Monday   |   June 7, 2013
I was honored to be among the 151 people who were arrested this week at the N.C. General Assembly while engaging in peaceful civil disobedience at "Moral Monday," the...

 

The South, still ruled by 'the handful'   |   April 22, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Fannie Lou Hamer, a folk philosopher of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta, knew what she was up against in a state and region where an...

 

Who's behind the push to limit multicultural studies in Texas universities?   |   March 20, 2013
Advocates of multiculturalism are girding for a fight in the Texas legislature, where a bill has been introduced that would ban racial, ethnic and gender history studies from...

 

What's needed for labor success in the South: Some Holiness fire!   |   March 4, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South TOUGALOO, Miss. -- I'm a Catholic now, but I grew up in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. My grandfather was a Holiness preacher. I know about...

 

Civil rights leader John Lewis recounts remarkable life in graphic novel trilogy   |   February 21, 2013
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia made history as a leader in the civil rights movement that brought down Jim Crow, and now he's telling his inspiring life story in graphic...

 

Does UAW rally at Mississippi college signal revival of labor in the South?   |   January 31, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The gathering at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday night seemed more like an old-time revival meeting than a labor rally, but maybe that'...

 

From the Southern Exposure Archives: With the People   |   January 18, 2013
Interview with James Orange by Bob Hall This year marks the 40th anniversary of Southern Exposure, the print magazine published by the Institute for Southern Studies, the...

 

An action-packed 2013 in store for Southern labor   |   January 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South The year 2013 promises to be an action-packed one for labor in the South as well as across the country. Republicans lost major ground in the national...

 

With election over, the Peoples' First 100 Days begins   |   November 7, 2012
Back in September, over 250 grassroots community leaders from throughout the South came together at the Southern Movement Assembly in Lowndes County, Ala. and launched a campaign...

 

Remembering a Southern labor legend   |   September 27, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Victor Bussie, longtime Louisiana labor leader and a legendary figure in the Southern labor movement, died at 92 a year ago this month in Baton Rouge,...