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Plessy vs Ferguson

Umgawa! Me Tarzan...

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.25.2017 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Many moons ago, on the first day of an elective class on African Studies in college, my professor handed out a blank map of Africa. She instructed us ...

Three Worst Supreme Court Justices of All Time

Alan Singer | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Alan Singer

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the battle shaping up over whether Barack Obama should appoint his successor, I decided to jump in with my list of the three worst Supreme Court Justices of all-time (in chronological order).

Supreme Court Makes Everyone Lie About Abortion

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Abortion again is headed to the Supreme Court. At issue is a Texas law setting medical standards for abortionists.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Home
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Brown v. Ferguson: Are We Better Off Separate Than Equal

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.27.2014 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

In a strange twist of fate, two age-old Civil Rights cases collide in Ferguson, MO -- half a century later. Is it just coincidence? Or could there be ...

Alison Stewart's History of D.C.'s Dunbar High School and Its Future

John Thompson | Posted 11.05.2013 | DC
John Thompson

Alison Stewart's First Class is the history of the rise and fall of Washington D.C.'s elite Dunbar High School. It tells a story that cannot be ignored if we really believe that school improvement can be the civil rights movement of the 21st century.

Plessy And Ferguson Descendants Unite To Form Non-Profit

Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact

The descendants of old rivals are now friends who have teamed up to form a civil rights non-profit. From the Washington Post: Once it was Plessy...

Is Tribalism on the Increase?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

When I was a college student, I worked at the student newspaper. I was a longhaired, hard-drinking journalist -- a Woodward and/or Bernstein in traini...

Call For Review of 14th Amendment Endangers American Electorate

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

This call for a review of the 14th Amendment is not only un-American, it treads on dangerous paths: a path back to pre-1868 slavery, a path back to the period of darkness in American history.