Civil Rights

12:59am

Wed August 14, 2013
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

Determined To Reach 1963 March, Teen Used Thumb And Feet

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:48 am

Robert Avery has been a councilman in his hometown of Gadsden, Ala., for almost three decades. As a teen, he and two friends hitchhiked to the nation's capital, where they made signs for the March on Washington.
Erica Yoon NPR

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capitol from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

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10:20am

Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Judge Rules NYPD's Stop-And-Frisk Tactics Violate Rights

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 11:15 am

New York Police Department officers monitor a march against stop-and-frisk tactics used by police on Feb. 23 in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

A New York Police Department procedure known as stop-and-frisk violates the civil rights of minorities and should be overseen by an independent monitor, a federal court judge ruled Monday.

The New York Times explains:

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2:24pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Code Switch

From Wrong To Right: A U.S. Apology For Japanese Internment

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:45 pm

John Tateishi was incarcerated at Manzanar internment camp in California from age 3 until he was 6.
Chloe Coleman NPR

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for a more equal America. But there's another anniversary looming: 25 years ago this week, the Japanese-American community celebrated a landmark victory in its own struggle for civil rights.

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2:29pm

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Will Deliver Speech On Steps Of The Lincoln Memorial

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 2:40 pm

Marine One flys over the Lincoln Memorial with President Bill Clinton on board as he departed from the National Mall in May of 1999.
Joyce Naltchayan AFP/Getty Images

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights' movement March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, President Obama will deliver remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the White House said today.

It was on those same steps that 50 years ago on August 28, that Martin Luther King delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech.

The Washington Post explains:

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6:21am

Sat July 27, 2013
Code Switch

'Justice For Trayvon' Movement Struggles To Find Focus

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 10:59 am

Marchers aligned with the Justice for Trayvon Martin movement called for a federal civil rights action to be filed against George Zimmerman in Phoenix on Monday. Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Matt York AP

In the two weeks since George Zimmerman's acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement.

For 16 months, supporters of the Justice for Trayvon movement rallied behind a common goal: Make sure Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin, stood before the bar of justice.

But after Zimmerman's trial and acquittal, that united front has splintered.

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