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Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP's Pioneering Lawyer, Knew That Black Lives Mattered

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this date in 1908, liked telling stories. One of his favorite concerned his days as the head of the legal arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1930s and 1940s representing black clients facing prosecution in the South.

Kent State: 45 Years Ago

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.05.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It was May 4, 1970. We were high school seniors in Greater Cleveland, when Kent State exploded on a Monday, a mere 45 miles away, 45 years ago. Four students killed, nine wounded by National Guard gunfire. It's as if it were yesterday.

Thurgood Marshall's Improbable But Brilliant Choice

Michael Meltsner | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Michael Meltsner

Given the gap between the races that has now emerged from the shadows, today such a choice would be controversial, but few complained then about the selection of a white man to head the nation's most prominent law reform organization.

Gene Demby

White House, Civil Rights Lawyers Weigh In On Big Racial Case | Gene Demby | Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices

For Cris Rubio, there wasn't much suspense about what came after he graduated high school in 2003. Rubio had been second in his class for much of his...