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Parents Sue Georgia Over Right to Give Daughter the Surname ‘Allah’

Parents Sue Georgia Over Right to Give Daughter the Surname ‘Allah’

A redacted copy of the birth certificate application filed by Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk after their daughter was born in 2015.
3 Men on Death Row in Louisiana Sue Over Solitary Confinement

3 Men on Death Row in Louisiana Sue Over Solitary Confinement

The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in 2011. A death row inmate there spends 23 hours a day in a windowless concrete cell.
William T. Coleman Jr., Who Broke Racial Barriers in Court and Cabinet, Dies at 96

William T. Coleman Jr., Who Broke Racial Barriers in Court and Cabinet, Dies at 96

William T. Coleman Jr., left, Thurgood Marshall and Wiley A. Branton, then lawyers for the N.A.A.C.P., in 1958 in Washington.
A Transgender Student Won Her Battle. Now It’s War.

A Transgender Student Won Her Battle. Now It’s War.

After one transgender student’s victory at a high school district near Chicago, more cases are in the wings, including that of a transgender girl, above, identified as N.S., who has filed a
2 Education Dept. Picks Raise Fears on Civil Rights Enforcement

2 Education Dept. Picks Raise Fears on Civil Rights Enforcement

Candice E. Jackson in 2005. She has announced that she will be acting assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department.
‘It Did Not Stick’: The First Federal Effort to Curb Police Abuse

‘It Did Not Stick’: The First Federal Effort to Curb Police Abuse

Protesters after the death of Jonny Gammage, a black businessman, during a struggle with police officers in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in 1995.
John T. Curtin, Judge Who Desegregated Buffalo Schools, Dies at 95

John T. Curtin, Judge Who Desegregated Buffalo Schools, Dies at 95

Judge John T. Curtin in 1985. His ruling forced the Occidental Chemical Corporation to clean up Love Canal.
‘They Treated Us Like Criminals’: U.S. Border Crossers Report Severe Reception

‘They Treated Us Like Criminals’: U.S. Border Crossers Report Severe Reception

Fadwa Alaoui, a Moroccan-born Muslim in Brossard, Quebec, was turned away at the Vermont border in February after answering questions about her beliefs and after her phone was searched.
Sessions Closed Sterling Case. Odds Are, His Predecessor Would Have, Too.

Sessions Closed Sterling Case. Odds Are, His Predecessor Would Have, Too.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice decided not to file charges related to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La., last year.
How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

Victims of revenge porn who are interested in suing their harassers may be able to get free legal assistance.
How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

Victims of revenge porn who are interested in suing their harassers may be able to get free legal assistance.
How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

Victims of revenge porn who are interested in suing their harassers may be able to get free legal assistance.
N.A.A.C.P., Energized by Liberal Activists, Dismisses Its President

N.A.A.C.P., Energized by Liberal Activists, Dismisses Its President

Cornell William Brooks, the president of the N.A.A.C.P., will leave the organization at the end of June.
Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.

The Rev. William J. Barber II, organizer of the “Moral Mondays” protests in North Carolina, in April at Riverside Church in Manhattan, where he preached on building a national movement.
50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

Richard and Mildred Loving at their home in Central Point, Va., with their children, from left, Peggy, Donald and Sidney, in 1967.
Civil Rights Groups Sue Chicago Over Abuses by Police

Civil Rights Groups Sue Chicago Over Abuses by Police

Chicago police officers attended an outdoor roll call last month at the city’s Washington Park. A lawsuit is critical of the way the police treat blacks and Hispanics.
Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations

Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations

Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, has denounced discrimination, but has signaled that her office is “not going to be issuing any decrees” on civil rights.
He Sued Police 75 Times. Democrats Want Him as Philadelphia’s Top Prosecutor.

He Sued Police 75 Times. Democrats Want Him as Philadelphia’s Top Prosecutor.

Larry Krasner, 56, a veteran civil rights lawyer, defeated six opponents last month in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s district attorney, campaigning against mass incarceration.