Civil Rights

7:47am

Wed March 21, 2012
U.S.

Was Trayvon Martin's Killing A Federal Hate Crime?

A memorial to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin outside the community in Sanford, Fla., where the teen was shot.
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Civil rights groups cheered the news that the Justice Department would look into the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen shot by a man on neighborhood watch in Sanford, Fla.

But the bar for the Justice Department to make a federal case is high. Ultimately, it has few options at its disposal when it comes to investigating the teen's death.

Former prosecutors say one key tool passed early in the Obama administration might apply in this case: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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3:04pm

Thu January 26, 2012
NPR's Backseat Book Club

'Birmingham': A Family Tale In The Civil Rights Era

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 11:40 am

Welcome to the fourth installment of NPR's Backseat Book Club, where we select a book for young readers — and invite them to read along with us and share their thoughts and questions with the author.

Our selection for January — The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis — describes the civil rights era from the perspective of a young (and extremely mischievous) boy and his family.

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11:24am

Mon February 7, 2011
Legislation

Bill Seeks to Extend Civil Rights Protections to Small Businesses

Colorado has a number of laws on the books protecting employees from workplace discrimination, but the laws often lack enforcement provisions.  

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