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Civil Rights Movement
News and Analysis from The Nation on Civil Rights Movement
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.
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January 17, 2017
The Congressional Resistance Grows as Dozens of House Members Boycott Trump’s Inauguration
More than 10 percent of House members have now announced they will protest rather than celebrate on Inauguration Day.
January 16, 2017
Cities Have the Power to Finally Bridge MLK’s ‘Two Americas’
The solutions to the enduring problem of economic inequality will have to come from the ground up in our cities, not from Washington, DC, down.
Ras J. Baraka
Ryan P. Haygood
January 13, 2017
All the Human Be-In Was Saying 50 Years Ago, Was Give Peace a Chance
Then, as now, many in the political classes looked down on supposedly impractical efforts to change consciousness.
November 30, 2016
How to Understand the Struggle for Black Freedom After Emancipation
Five important books tell the tale.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
November 29, 2016
A profound sense of hope and despair haunts John Edgar Wideman’s new work of nonfiction.