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Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation
April 24, 2017
‘Sports Illustrated’ Gets Everything About Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Wrong
The magazine asks, “What if Muhammad Ali had never met Malcolm X?” The answer is disturbing.
April 4, 2017
Fifty Years Later, King’s Warning Still Resonates
It is time to revive a peace and justice movement calling for the United States to stop its endless wars and turn its resources and attention to rebuilding our own country.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
April 4, 2017
‘A Society Gone Mad on War’: The Enduring Importance of Martin Luther King’s Riverside Speech
Fifty years ago today, the civil-rights leader described the nightmare to come: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
March 30, 2017
Farewell to Roger Wilkins, a Man of Honor in Tempestuous Times
The accomplished scholar and influential civil-rights leader pushed hard to open doors and knock down barriers. He was also my best friend.
Robert L. Borosage
March 27, 2017
The Civil Rights Movement Had One Powerful Tool That We Don’t Have
Without it, activists will have to find new ways to bring about change in 2017.
February 16, 2017
49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing
He interviewed RFK and MLK months before their deaths. Fifteen of 25 guests were African American.
February 8, 2017
The Final Shaming of Mitch McConnell
When he silenced Elizabeth Warren for criticizing Jeff Sessions, the majority leader disgraced himself and the “Party of Lincoln.”
February 2, 2017
Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
Robert Greene II
January 21, 2017
President Obama Exits With an Embrace of John Lewis and the Idea of a Just America
The last tweet from the Obama White House showed the president clasping hands with the congressman who has become a symbol of the resistance to Trump.
January 18, 2017
Understanding Jim Brown’s Ugly Support of Donald Trump
His latest comments are disappointing, but not all that surprising.