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Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation
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
October 17, 2019
Elijah Cummings Took On the Powerful
The civil rights movement veteran, who was a stalwart champion of unions, challenged abusive presidents, and called out Scott Walker for lying to Congress, died Thursday at 68.
October 2, 2019
Ro Khanna Reflects on Gandhi’s 150th Birthday
Gandhi's lessons of pluralism and peace could serve us well during this time of division and strife, the representative writes.
Rep. Ro Khanna
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July 30, 2019
Letters From the August 12-19, 2019, Issue
Forgotten history… Debating Biden…
July 18, 2019
Half a Century Before Colin Kaepernick, Jackie Robinson Said, ‘I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem.’
A segregationist senator tried to use Robinson to destroy Paul Robeson. Instead, Robinson called out racism.
January 21, 2019
What AOC Owes MLK
The civil-rights leader’s vision of an equitable economy lives on in Congress’s emerging left.
Aaron Ross Coleman
January 15, 2019
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Insult to Angela Davis Has Boomeranged
Scholars, activists, and grassroots organizers have flocked to her defense, a testament to the growing strength of intersectional solidarity for Palestinian rights.
October 29, 2018
Can You Copyright a Quilt?
Long after their iconic American quilts caught the art world's attention, the Gee's Bend artisans are taking control of their legacy.