Race and Civil Rights in ‘The Nation’: Part V, From the LA Riots to the Release of ‘Selma’

Race and Civil Rights in ‘The Nation’: Part V, From the LA Riots to the Release of ‘Selma’

Race and Civil Rights in ‘The Nation’: Part V, From the LA Riots to the Release of ‘Selma’

A multimedia timeline presenting the history of the struggle for racial justice, from 1991 to 2015.


Since its founding in 1865, The Nation has been a home for writers instigating, reporting on and arguing about struggles for social and economic justice. During our anniversary year, TheNation.com will highlight one “Nation Ideal” every month or two. We’ll celebrate by offering Journeys Through History—interactive multimedia timelines that present the history of each Ideal, complete with archival photographs and video. Our fifth Journey Through History presents Part V of the history of the fight for civil rights and racial justice, from 1991 to 2015. You can find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

Research by Richard Kreitner
Design by Stacie Williams

Check out all of our Journeys Through History on race and civil rights!
Part I, From the Memphis riots of 1866 to the first anti-lynching conference, in New York City, in 1919.
Part II, From the “Red Summer” of racial violence in Chicago, in 1919, to Rosa Parks’s bus protest, in 1955.
Part III, From the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968.
Part IV, From the ban on segregation in housing, in 1968, to freedom for Nelson Mandela, in 1990.
Part V, From the LA riots of 1992 to the release of Selma, in 2015.

Thank you for reading The Nation!

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read. It takes a dedicated team to publish timely, deeply researched pieces like this one. For over 150 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and democracy. Today, in a time of media austerity, articles like the one you just read are vital ways to speak truth to power and cover issues that are often overlooked by the mainstream media.

This month, we are calling on those who value us to support our Spring Fundraising Campaign and make the work we do possible. The Nation is not beholden to advertisers or corporate owners—we answer only to you, our readers.

Can you help us reach our $20,000 goal this month? Donate today to ensure we can continue to publish journalism on the most important issues of the day, from climate change and abortion access to the Supreme Court and the peace movement. The Nation can help you make sense of this moment, and much more.

Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.

Ad Policy