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Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation
July 21, 2020
John Lewis’s Fight for Justice Continues With Miracle Boyd
Those who criticize young activists today as too radical or impatient should remember the John Lewis of 1963.
July 20, 2020
Building Community Control in a White Supremacist Country
A tactic with deep roots in Black freedom movements shows promise, and pitfalls, for building a more equal future.
July 19, 2020
How We Remember a Prophet
Republicans who refuse to restore the Voting Rights Act while decorating the grave of Representative John Lewis with flowery words testify against themselves.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
July 18, 2020
John Lewis Never Stopped Bending the Arc Toward Justice
In the last days of his life, the civil rights icon hailed Black Lives Matter protesters: “They’re going to help redeem the soul of America.”
June 24, 2020
Rural New York Is in the Streets, Marching for Black Lives
My town voted overwhelmingly for Trump, so I didn’t expect a big crowd at a recent Black Lives Matter protest. I was wrong.
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May 19, 2020
Black Athletes and the Civil Rights Movement
Educator Jesse Hagopian joins the show to talk about the role sports played in knocking down racial barriers.
April 28, 2020
The End of the Campaign Is Not the End of the Movement
What Sanders and Warren supporters can learn from the long tail of Jesse Jackson’s presidential runs.
April 21, 2020
Lorraine Hansberry’s Radicalism
For the playwright and activist, neither liberal reform nor countercultural art were enough. The very foundations of American democracy needed to be transformed.
January 17, 2020
It’s Time We Celebrate Ella Baker Day
Honoring Baker alongside Martin Luther King would highlight the long and patient work of building a social movement.
December 27, 2019
William Barr’s Police-Fueled War on Civil Rights
The attorney general’s obsession with protecting the police is a throwback to the crackdown on protesters in the 1960s.
Joshua Clark Davis