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Jeanette ‘Jay’ Stokes, wife of former congressman and civil rights leader Louis Stokes who died at 83, her family said

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jeannette “Jay” Stokes, wife of former congressman and civil rights leader Louis Stokes, died peacefully in Cleveland on Saturday at the age of 83, her family said. Stokes was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses, which worked to improve conditions for minorities across the country. She was also a […]

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I am a conservative teacher who taught the importance of civil rights

Editor’s Note: Darryl Paulson has contributed numerous essays over the years to our Opinion Pages. He drew our attention to “An open letter in defense of democracy. “Here are some of his thoughts on the subject. It is high time that the left and the right found something that can unify them: the defense of […]

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Former GOP civil rights champion Virginia governor Linwood Holton dies at 98

Former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton, a Republican civil rights champion, has died aged 98. Holton, who served from 1970 to 1974, was the first GOP governor elected in the 20th century. A 1970 photo of Holton accompanying one of his daughters to his predominantly black public high school made national news. Loading Something is loading. […]

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Reading of the Civil Rights Leaders’ Meeting with Senator Joe Manchin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACTS:Teresa Candori (National Urban League), [email protected], 212-558-5362Marc Banks (NAACP), [email protected], 404-849-3189Stephen Peters (The Leadership Conference), [email protected], 202-466-1887Rachel Noerdlinger (National Action Network), [email protected], 347-821-9678Lacy Crawford Jr (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law), [email protected], 202-558-7900Angelo Greco (National Coalition on Black Civic Participation / Black Women‘s Round Table), [email protected], 917-499-2688Tkeban Jahannes (National Council of […]

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Black political rights cannot be separated from economic justice. Why Fannie Lou Hamer’s message and fight endure today

Fannie Lou Hamer entered the Democratic National Convention in 1964 Fannie Lou Hamer, member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, enters the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ Credit – Bettmann Archive / Getty Images Contact a crowd in Madison, Wisc., in 1971, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer said she knew what […]

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Civil Rights Pioneer Calls for ’55’s Arrest File to Be Stripped | Alabama News

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) – Months before Rosa Parks became the mother of the modern civil rights movement by refusing to ride in the back of a separate Alabama bus, black teenager Claudette Colvin did likewise. Convicted of assaulting a police officer during her arrest, she was placed on probation but […]

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Black leaders slam Governor Newsom for vetoing “major civil rights” bill

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media (CBM) – Supporters of a bill that would have increased diversity among public service employees at all levels of California state government are criticizing Governor Newsom for vetoing the legislation. Assembly member Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) introduced the legislation, which would have required all state boards and commissions to […]

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Patrick Kennedy shares his trip and calls for civil rights movement in mental health – Morning Journal

Former US Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy gave the opening address on October 21 at The LCADA Way 40th Anniversary Gala, calling for parity in access to mental health and addiction treatment and compassion for those in recovery. Kennedy, 54, the son of the late US Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, who represented Massachusetts, shared his own […]

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Service package for historian and civil rights leader Dr. Timuel Black

A public memorial service for historian and civil rights leader Dr. Timuel Black will be held Dec. 5 at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus, according to Black’s wife Zenobia Johnson-Black. . Large crowds were to pay homage to Black during his scheduled visit and visit for Thursday, October 21 at […]

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Orbitz Maps Queer Civil Rights Trail Road Trip for LGBTQ History Month

Orbitz offers LGBTQIA Civil Rights Trail for LGBTQ History Month Orbitz released an LGBTQ civil rights card to honor October as LGBTQ History Month. The interactive map lists 15 sites across the country that have played an important role in our long quest for equal rights. “From historic protest sites to modern murals and monuments, […]

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Political parties, religious organizations and civil rights call for democracy in eSwatini

Through Goitsemang Tlhabye 8h ago Share this article: To shareTweeterTo shareTo shareTo shareE-mailTo share Pretoria – Political parties, religious and civil rights organizations are trumpeting in solidarity with the people of eSwatini, demanding an end to the monarch rule in this country. As weeks of protests and tensions continue to build up around the “pro-democracy” […]

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Civil rights groups send letter to state committee ahead of redistribution

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Alabama, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the departments of Greater Birmingham, in a letter to the Alabama redistribution committee, reminded members on Tuesday to comply with legal requirements when drafting new redistribution maps. Governor Kay Ivey announced last week that state lawmakers will meet in a […]

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Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas Over New Political Cards, Claiming They Dilute the Power of Latinx Voters | Texas News | San Antonio

Erik (HASH) Hersman via Flickr Creative Commons Latinxes have made up half of Texas’ population growth over the past decade, but state lawmakers have not increased the number of Latinx majority districts. As expected, civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to overturn the newly redesigned political maps of Texas, firing the first salvo of […]

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Latinx Connect conference panel discusses Latinx and Afro-Latinx data, advocacy for civil rights

Despite an increase in data on the Latinx community over the past five decades, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz said researchers had only recently begun to study the accumulation of Latinx demographics and their circulation in the media. “These data help inform – some might say distort – how this population is viewed and apparently understood,” Rodríguez-Muñiz, assistant […]

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Members of the United States Civil Rights Commission slash AG Garland for a note on parents protesting against school boards

Four of the eight members of the US Civil Rights Commission wrote a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, berating him for his recent memo regarding parents protesting school boards. “We are writing to express our concerns about a recent memorandum issued by your office,” the four members wrote in the letter, questioning Garland’s […]

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Civil rights groups tire of South Carolina redistribution failures, take legal action

(AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins, file) By Mary Magana-Ayala COLUMBIA, SC– Two civil rights groups, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, have filed a lawsuit against the state of South Carolina, arguing that the state has unduly delayed the development of new redistribution cards that embody the constitutional principle of one person – […]

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Civil rights groups strive to prevent further killings

A screenshot of a US Census Bureau map shows the percentage of black residents in Tennessee counties from the 2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimate data profiles. This story has been republished with permission from Tennessee Lookout. Read the original story here. As Tennessee lawmakers prepare to redesign districts, civil rights organizations are working to […]

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Civil rights groups work to prevent further gerrymanderings – Tennessee Lookout

As Tennessee lawmakers prepare to redesign districts, civil rights organizations are working to prevent further gerrymandering ahead of statewide elections. The Tennessee legislature and city officials are currently redrawing maps of Congress and state districts based on data from the 2020 U.S. Census, which was released in August 2021, and are expected to complete their […]

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Hatcher hailed as a pioneer of civil rights | Local News

Family members at the midday ceremony included Hatcher’s widow, Ruthelyn, and their three daughters, Rachelle, Renee and Ragen, all lawyers. Joined them were Jonathan Jackson of Chicago, son of Reverend Jesse Jackson and national spokesperson for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, an international human and civil rights organization founded by his father. Jackson cited Hatcher for […]

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Death of Latino Power Plant Leaves ‘Gap’ in NJ Civil Rights Community | Calavia-Robertson

He was not a perfect man. And in his review, he could have bruises. But boy, was he awesome. And man, I’m sad I didn’t meet him. His name was Guillermo “Guillo” Beytagh Maldonado and for decades his voice was one of the loudest and most prolific in the Latin American community and New Jersey […]

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On the trail of civil rights | Chroniclers

When lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson moved to Montgomery, Alabama in the 1980s, he found a city with dozens of Confederation landmarks and memorials without any reference to the brutality of slavery. Stevenson, whose career has focused on seeking justice for wrongly sentenced death row inmates and unfairly prosecuted children as adults, is executive […]

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Largest Hispanic Civil Rights Organization Breaks Facebook Ties

UnidosUS, Latin America’s largest civil rights and civil rights organization, cut ties with Facebook after a former employee of the social media company disclosed thousands of internal documents showing executives of Facebook were aware of the negative impacts of their platforms on some users. Among the many disclosures from former employee Frances Haugen’s whistleblowers this […]

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Civil rights leaders call for independent investigation of Minneapolis police body camera video

“We are appalled at the blatant disregard for the constitution that these officers have sworn to respect and protect – we demand immediate action, not the usual words,” said Johnathon McClellan, chairman of the Minnesota Justice Coalition. Body camera video was recorded while a curfew was in place following Floyd’s death. Sometimes body camera footage […]

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Montgomery renames the street for civil rights icon Fred Gray

The street Fred Gray grew up on now bears his name. Montgomery City Council voted Tuesday night to rename Jeff Davis Ave., removing the Confederate president’s name and changing it instead to Fred Gray Ave. “It is important for us to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of Lawyer Gray,” Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said at […]

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Open Space, CU South and civil rights: a first step towards “Just Sustainability” in Boulder

Dear Council candidates, Thank you for having had the courage and tenacity to present yourself to Boulder City Council. The vast majority of you have received approval from one of two political campaign committee blocks, the “environmental” block made up of PLAN-Boulder and Forward Boulder, and the “Justice and Sustainability” block which includes groups like […]

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Free Entrance to Museums Marks Legacy of Civil Rights Icon Hamer | Mississippi News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) – Admission to two Mississippi history museums is free Wednesday to mark the birthday of the late civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, known for saying she was “sick and tired of ‘to be sick and tired’. She was born on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County and worked most of her […]

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Tylik McMillan, a young civil rights leader, talks about the connection and the HBCU spirit

The HBCU connection is one of the most unique cultural ties among black people. Over 180 years ago, the first historically black colleges and universities were founded and these institutions have been centers of expression, innovation and pride for black people ever since. Tylik McMillan, a young civil rights leader who works as a political […]

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The lasting influence of civil rights defender Fannie Lou Hamer

WALK WITH MEA biography of Fannie Lou HamerBy Kate Clifford Larson UNTIL I AM FREEFannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to AmericaBy Keisha N. Blain On August 22, 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer, a black tenant farmer from Mississippi, took her place before the Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee in Atlantic City, NJ. She was there to […]

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Kazakh civil rights activist Zhumagulov released from prison colony

Kazakh civilian activist Almat Zhumagulov was released from a penal colony after serving nearly four years of an eight-year prison sentence on terrorism charges which human rights watchdogs say were motivated by political considerations. Zhumagulov’s October 1 release from the Zarechny penal colony in the Almaty region came after a Kazakh court approved his request […]