civil rights

  • Crowd surrounds the police car in Sproul Plaza holding student activist Jack Weinberg at the University of California, Berkeley on Oct. 1, 1964. Photo courtesy  U.C. Berkeley, Bancroft Library
    October 16, 2014   BY Spencer Michels 

    Fifty years ago this month, long before the Vietnam War, students on the U.C. Berkeley campus ignited protests over a ban on political activity — a student movement that would morph into the huge, confrontational demonstrations of the early 1970s and beyond. Continue reading

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    October 6, 2014  

    Fifty years ago, in October 1964, less than a month before the presidential elections, Lady Bird Johnson boarded a train in Washington to stump through eight Southern states — a gamble to help win back disaffected voters after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Judy Woodruff explores a lesser-known part of the legislation’s history with a look at the first lady’s influential whistle-stop tour. Continue reading

  • A White House official has announced that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will resign Thursday. Photo by Alex Wong and Getty Images
    September 25, 2014  

    After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading

  • The Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday, Oct. 6. Among the cases justices will hear is one on redistricting in Alabama. Credit: Getty Images.
    September 6, 2014   BY Sam Hananel, Associated Press 

    The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to take up yet another case challenging so-called “disparate impact” lawsuits. In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that seemingly neutral housing or lending practices can disproportionately harm racial minorities, even if there is no proof of intent to discriminate. The theory has been used for years to show bias in employment cases, but Texas officials are urging the justices to find that it doesn’t apply in housing discrimination cases. Continue reading

  • Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer last month. The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into the police practices in the St. Louis suburb. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
    September 4, 2014   BY Eric Tucker, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to open a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday night.

    The person said the investigation could be announced as early as Thursday afternoon. Missouri officials were notified Wednesday of the probe. Continue reading

  • Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man
    August 12, 2014  

    For a second night, protests boiled over into violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager on Saturday. In a statement, President Obama said pain over the killing should be expressed in a way “that heals, not in a way that wounds.” For a closer look at the unrest, Judy Woodruff talks to Jim Salter of the Associated Press. Continue reading

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    August 8, 2014  

    During the long, hot Freedom Summer of 1964, young volunteers faced threats and violence in Mississippi to register voters and build a network of enrichment schools to teach young African-Americans about themselves and their history. Fifty years later, nearly 200 chapters are carrying on the mission for a new generation. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    August 5, 2014  

    President Obama announced billions of dollars in new public and private investment in Africa’s rapidly growing markets — on everything from construction to banking to clean energy infrastructure — at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. Gwen Ifill talks to Chris Fomunyoh of the National Democratic Institute and Torek Farhadi International Trade Centre about the growing partnership. Continue reading

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    August 4, 2014  

    Will the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit offer opportunities for change beyond trade? Judy Woodruff talks to Nicole Lee, former president of policy organization TransAfrica, about the human rights issues that will affect the ability of some countries to grow and become more prosperous. Continue reading

  • A new report observes an increase in laws that criminalize homelessness in U.S. cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    July 24, 2014   BY Nora Daly 

    A new report released last week by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty observed an increase in laws targeting the homeless, such as bans on loitering, sitting and sleeping in public. Join us in a Twitter chat on the ethics and effectiveness of such laws, 1-2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 24. Continue reading

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