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When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Dr. King’s Riverside Church address exemplified how, throughout his final 18 months of life, he repeatedly rejected the sunny optimism of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and instead mourned how that dream had “turned into a nightmare.” But the speech also highlighted how for Dr. King, civil rights was never a discrete problem in American society, and that racism went hand in hand with the fellow evils of poverty and militarism that kept the country from living up to its ideals.

Finally, in early 1967, he had had enough. One day Dr. King pushed aside a plate of food while paging through a magazine whose photographs depicted the burn wounds suffered by Vietnamese children who had been struck by napalm. The images were unforgettable, he said. “I came to the conclusion that I could no longer remain silent about an issue that was destroying the soul of our nation.”

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s stunning performance

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Lamar exemplifies so many of the themes of Harlem Renaissance art in his 2016 Grammy performance, as he interprets Black history from the plantation to the penitentiary.

NPR Fresh Air Interview – ‘Policing The Police’: How The Black Panthers Got Their Start

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, a group of six black men in Oakland, Calif., came together in an effort to curb police brutality against African-Americans in the city. Because of a quirk in California law, the men were able to carry loaded weapons openly. The Black Panthers, as they became known, would follow the police around, jumping out of their cars with guns drawn if the police made a stop.

“They would observe the police and make sure that no brutality occurred,” filmmaker Stanley Nelson tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “What they were really doing was policing the police.”

Nelson, who chronicles the Panther movement in his new documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, says the group was a response to what some saw as the limitations of the nonviolent civil rights movement.

Fresh Air Interview: Don’t ‘Sanitize’ How Our Government Created Ghettos

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

“We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls ‘de-facto’ — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight,” Rothstein tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

“It was not the unintended effect of benign policies,” he says. “It was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that’s the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies.”

Audio Clip: What LBJ Really Said About Selma

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

While he publicly condemned the attack, Johnson was also calling allies and advisors, searching for a political salve to the situation. “They’re going to have another march tomorrow, and, as we see it, it’s going to go from bad to worse,” he warned.

How JFK made NASA his secret weapon in the fight for civil rights in America

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Most Americans know the name of the first black player in professional baseball — Jackie Robinson. But how about the first black professional in the US space program? 

That was Julius Montgomery. He was part of a small cadre of African American mathematicians, engineers and technicians who helped power the space race — at a time when laws kept them from using the same toilet as their coworkers. (Later, he also integrated the Florida Institute of Technology.) These men were the vanguard of what became a government strategy to integrate the South.

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Imagine: There was a time when the KKK was an out-in-the-open, part-of-the-community organization. I had always envisioned the repugnant and reprehensible lawbreakers operating in the cowardly shadows. After all, it was known as the Invisible Empire.

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Imagine: There was a time when the KKK was an out-in-the-open, part-of-the-community organization. I had always envisioned the repugnant and reprehensible lawbreakers operating in the cowardly shadows. After all, it was known as the Invisible Empire.



Stunning photos of families in 1950s Alabama

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Rediscovered in 2012, six years after he died of cancer at the age of 93, these photos will be shown at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia

 

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia will be showing a collection of photographs by famed American cameraman Gordon Parks

 

The photos were originally shot on assignment for the September 1956 Life magazine photo-essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden

 

More photos here

Woman Behind Powerful Mike Brown Protest Photo Defies ‘Respectability Politics’

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

France Francois was concerned her sign might be misperceived, but she held it up anyway because she had a right to her anger.

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