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Friday Talking Points -- Happy 50th, Civil Rights Act Of 1964!

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week was a big week for women's rights, as the Senate pushed for an Equal Pay Act to celebrate Equal Pay Day. It was filibustered, which just goes to show that one party cares about women's rights and one party clearly does not.

George W. Bush Slips In A Dirty Joke During Civil Rights Speech

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush spoke at a Thursday summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. He discussed having the sett...

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise.

Bush Says Education Key To Civil Rights

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President George W. Bush has closed a three-day civil rights summit in Texas by saying education is the key for opportun...

The Next 50 Years: Time for Culture Change on Racial Justice

Deepa Iyer | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.

Obama: LBJ's Civil Rights Legacy Reflects 'What The Hell The Presidency Is For'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama honored the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Thursday, praising former President Lyndon B. Johnson's work to fulfill th...

The White House Hates When Obama Is Compared To This Former President

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Lyndon B. Johnson...

How The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Changed U.S. History

West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn. | | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices

President Lyndon B. Johnson cajoled and collaborated with Congress 50 years ago until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and signed into law. Th...

The Untold Story of Civil-Rights Progress in the U.S.: An Interview With Author Clay Risen

Steve Kettmann | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Steve Kettmann

In many ways, the bizarre state of affairs in which our nation's capital now finds itself mired is not so new. Author Clay Risen explores a key juncture in our history when archaic procedures threatened to change the course of history.

LBJ's Legacy Lives On

Robert Hutchings | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Robert Hutchings

President Lyndon B. Johnson's leadership -- and that of Dr. Martin Luther King and the countless other courageous leaders of that generation -- rescued us all from the shameful legacy of slavery.

America's Promise is Possible

Shirley Franklin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Shirley Franklin

As a young woman I thought by the 21st century the hard work of ensuring social and economic justice for all Americans would be done.

The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

My Conversation With Clay Risen

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Risen discusses his new text, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, in which he unfolds the historic battle, waged from the streets of the deep South to the halls of Congress, to bring the revolutionary Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Yesterday is yesterday, and progress is happening. Nevertheless, George Will's piece about Paul Ryan's comments still carries some assumptions -- assumptions of choice -- at least linked to the past, even while condemning people who hear them as such.

Employer-Based Birth Control Coverage Is Smart and Right

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Laura Stepp

The cost of offering family planning coverage to employees accounts for less than one percent of total employee coverage costs. These costs are easily offset by savings to the employer due to averted unplanned births.

These Are The Artists Of The Civil Rights Movement

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts

Throughout the 1960s, a decade marked by an ardent civil rights fight that swept the American nation, many artists found themselves on the side of a b...

Reagan's Birthday: No Party Hat and Candles Here

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
René Bryce-Laporte

President Reagan's attitude and actions towards black Americans leaves most of us unable to find him to be a heroic or even sympathetic figure. When the 40th president's birthday comes around, don't expect most of us to break out the party hats and candles.

How One Photographer Captured The Inspiration And Awe Of The Civil Rights Movement

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Roughly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a museum in Florida is paying homage to one of the movement's most iconic photographers. Born in ...

The Virtual Repeal of Kennedy-Johnson Administrations' 'Signature Achievement'

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Federal judges from trial courts to the Supreme Court have interpreted the Civil Rights Act virtually, although not entirely, out of existence. This is so across judicial philosophies, across the political spectrum and even across presidential appointments.

On the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination, Let's Examine His True Legacy

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

JFK hardly represented the best aspects of liberalism, unnecessarily endangered not only the American people but the entire world with nuclear war, and was a very bad president.

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

Rachel Laser | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Many faith groups feel comfortable supporting ENDA because it has a broad religious exemption. Specifically, ENDA has a religious exemption that is wider in scope than that of Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is thought to be one of the broadest religious exemptions in federal law.

Massive Resistance Redux, Republicans and Obamacare

Steven Conn | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

It is surely an irony of our political moment that as we marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are witnessing the return of the strategy of "massive resistance" -- this time not against a black president and his agenda.

Reclaiming the Promise of the March on Washington

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

The March on Washington, and King's soaring oration, helped create a better world, but we are a long way from the world King dreamed of. So let us all take at least one lesson from King's example. Let's unite people of many faiths in a national day of prayer to end child poverty.

The Legacy of The March on Washington: 50 Years Later

Bill Lucey | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Lucey

Many attribute the March and Dr. King's speech as being the seminal moment in propelling many of the Civil Rights acts that were passed later in the decade. Not to steal Dr. King's thunder, but not everyone agrees with that assessment.

Political Plate Tectonics in the Civil Rights Era

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

A Morning Joe discussion with Kevin Williamson about his recent National Review piece on President Eisenhower and his moderate temperament (relative to today's GOP) ended with a disagreement he had with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki over when the South turned Red.