In this political climate, Sadie Barnette’s latest art exhibition, “Dear 1968,” serves as a stark reminder of how far we haven’t come—and why we must keep fighting.
Little did I know when we set out on the trip that the scab of racial hatred would be torn off once again this summer over Confederate statues. Uncannily, we found ourselves in southern locales that frighteningly mirror the past with events of the present.
While politics have always influenced the priorities of the Civil Rights Division, both Republic and Democratic appointees heading the Division have supported its core mission—to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws. But is that still true?
Grace Lee Boggs, accomplished author, feminist, tireless community organizer and champion of civil rights, died “peacefully in her sleep” yesterday at her home in Detroit. She was 100 years old. Born June 27, 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island to Chinese immigrants, Boggs grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. At 16, she enrolled in Barnard College, graduating in 1935 […]
But you don’t look 40! And the issues you’re advocating for aren’t much older than yesterday. I mean, aren’t we still seeking fair wages, better-paying jobs, paid sick leave and the end to all forms of sex and gender-identity discrimination in our workplaces? When the 40-year-old organization 9to5—subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” […]
Smell is supposed to be the most evocative of the senses, but for many of us there’s nothing like hearing music to evoke emotional memories. The following songs just seem right on this day, as we commemorate the remarkable event that took place on the Mall in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago today. Please add […]
Over the weekend and throughout this week, thousands have ventured to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The original 250,000-strong March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place on August 28, 1963, is most famous for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, […]
After a Supreme Court decision this morning, it may become more difficult for all Americans to secure their voting rights. By a 5-4 vote, the Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law which was created to prohibit states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or […]
Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were the names of four young women killed in 1963 when a bomb exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The church was a popular meeting place for civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and this act of terrorism […]
Last night was a celebration for feminists on so many levels, nationally and locally. Women’s voices were heard!! Among the most ballot measure victories were the passage of marriage equality-related measures in every state that they were up for a vote, and a solid rejection of anti-abortion Amendment 6 in Florida. Here is a rundown […]