civil rights

What Geraldo Rivera Left in Al Capone’s Vault

What Geraldo Rivera Left in Al Capone’s Vault

In April of 1986, Geraldo Rivera hosted a two-hour live exclusive called, sadly, The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults, which was hyped up as an unveiling of whatever secrets the former mob boss left
2020 Democrats March on MLK Day Before Renewing Campaign Battles

2020 Democrats March on MLK Day Before Renewing Campaign Battles

The top Democratic presidential candidates walked arm in arm on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in South Carolina, a brief show of unity in an increasingly contentious race.
‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

‘I Am Somebody’: A Landmark Documentary’s Enduring Lesson That Labor Rights Are Civil Rights

In the spring of 1969, Coretta Scott King stood in front of a packed church in Charleston, S.C., to address a group of striking hospital workers. She wore a simple white dress and layered strands of
Pollak: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saw America as the Solution, Not the Problem

Pollak: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saw America as the Solution, Not the Problem

King: "We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom."
From Washington State to Washington, D.C., lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

From Washington State to Washington, D.C., lawmakers rush to regulate facial recognition

As lawmakers consider facial recognition regulation and express a growing sense of urgency, Microsoft and Amazon have been top of mind.
NAACP Lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill Blasts Amtrak Conductor for Asking Her to Give Up Seat
U.S. Navy to Name Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller

U.S. Navy to Name Aircraft Carrier After Pearl Harbor Hero Doris Miller

The U.S. Navy is planning to name an aircraft carrier after Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black man to receive the Navy cross for valor.

Was Martin Luther King Jr. a Republican or a Democrat? The Answer Is Complicated

"I’m not concerned about telling you what party to vote for," he said in 1958
The Changing Meaning of Affirmative Action

The Changing Meaning of Affirmative Action

Louis Menand on the past and future of a long-embattled policy.
Culture War in the Workplace

Culture War in the Workplace

The proceedings began with three fast, muted raps on the door. Layleen Cubilette-Polanco’s family and friends, joined by many, many people who’d never even met her, filled every row in the small,
I'll Take 'Sobbing' for 500: Alex Trebek Supports Rep. John Lewis in Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

I'll Take 'Sobbing' for 500: Alex Trebek Supports Rep. John Lewis in Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Let’s get this sentiment out of the way—fuck cancer. Read more...
The Remarkable Black Businesswomen Who Found Success in Segregated America

The Remarkable Black Businesswomen Who Found Success in Segregated America

At a time when they couldn’t get credit from a bank or even have their own bank accounts, black women found a measure of success and independence by listing their businesses in the Green Book
Fifth-Grade Student Asked to Portray a Slave for Class Assignment

Fifth-Grade Student Asked to Portray a Slave for Class Assignment

It’s starting to feel like schools really need to examine how they teach slavery because damn, y’all. This is the second story of this nature to break within just the last month. Read more...
The Ongoing Struggle of John Lewis

The Ongoing Struggle of John Lewis

David Remnick writes about Congressman John Lewis, the civil-rights advocate and role model to Barack Obama, who has announced that he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Rep. John Lewis Reveals Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Am Going to Fight It'

Rep. John Lewis Reveals Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Am Going to Fight It'

Lawmakers and activists around the country voiced their support for longtime Congressman John Lewis after he announced Sunday that he is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The 79-year-old civil

‘I Have a Fighting Chance.’ Rep. John Lewis Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced Sunday that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer
‘I Have a Fighting Chance.’ Rep. John Lewis Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer

‘I Have a Fighting Chance.’ Rep. John Lewis Says He Has Pancreatic Cancer

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced Sunday that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer

Hitting the Books: How America's Space Race sought to renew our 'New South'

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Time Magazine is recreating the 'I Have a Dream' speech in VR

For many people, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington and the famous "I Have a Dream" speech exist as little more than photos and soundbites -- only the 200,000-plus people who were there

Court says data swept up by the NSA is protected by the Fourth Amendment

An appeals court may have just shaped how the US treats the NSA's bulk data collection. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that American communications scooped up under the Foreign