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Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation
June 1, 2022
What Is Organizing, Anyway?
Change won’t succeed if we wait for it to happen from the top down. History proves that.
May 24, 2022
The Long History of Resistance That Birthed Black Lives Matter
A conversation with historian Donna Murch about the past, present, and future of Black radical organizing.
April 15, 2022
Jackie Robinson’s Last Fight
As baseball celebrates the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color line, it’s worth remembering a man at odds with his own myth.
January 11, 2022
The Indomitable Rev. Addie L. Wyatt
The trailblazing Black labor leader and civil rights activist took her fight for equality from the packinghouse to the pulpit.
September 2, 2021
A Federal Job Guarantee: The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement
The 1963 March on Washington put a government guarantee to a job at the front of the civil rights agenda. It’s long past time to complete the work.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley
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August 26, 2021
The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of Jim Crow
Not a single House Republican voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
July 29, 2021
Bob Moses: The Fullness of the Man
More reflections on the passing of “a straight cat.”
Charles M. Payne
July 26, 2021
Remembering Bob Moses, 1935–2021
His leadership ushered in alternative conceptions of gender, race, and political power that would, eventually, shake the world.
July 23, 2021
The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021)
The civil rights activist was a militant advocate for her community as well as a canny strategist.
July 13, 2021
My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash
We are marching; we are writing; we are protesting—but the forces of white supremacy are still winning.