civil rights

  • Photo by Flickr user Ludovic Bertron
    May 30, 2014   BY  

    A baker in a suburb of Denver must make wedding cakes for same-sex couples despite his religious objections, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled Friday.

    Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to make a wedding cake for gay couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig in July 2012. Phillips, a devout Christian, cited religious objections in his refusal, which the commission said were overruled by Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws that prevents businesses from refusing service due to customer sexual orientation. Continue reading

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    May 28, 2014  

    Drawing on a childhood of abuse and segregation, writer and author Maya Angelou moved the nation. Works such as her 1978 poem, “And Still I Rise,” explored the effects of racism and sexism on personal identity, with a voice that married oral and written literary traditions. Jeffrey Brown discusses with Elizabeth Alexander of Yale University why the voice of Angelou resonates so profoundly. Continue reading

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    May 28, 2014  

    Maya Angelou, one of the most respected cultural figures of her generation, has died at the age of 86. Her debut memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” made her one of the first bestselling African-American female authors. Jeffrey Brown reports on how an early trauma made her turn toward books and how she learned to use her voice to explore the effects of racism and sexism on identity. Continue reading

  • Tamir Carter, Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, Brooklyn, NY (Student Reporting Labs)
    May 17, 2014  

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision, we asked our network of Student Reporting Labs across the nation if integration should be a national goal. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say. Continue reading

  • View of nine-year-old African-American student Linda Brown (first desk in second row from right) sits with her classmates at the racially segregated Monroe Elementary School, Topeka, Kansas, 1953. When her enrollment at a 'whites-only' school was blocked, her family initiated the landmark Civil Rights lawsuit 'Brown V. Board of Education,' that led to the beginning of integration in the US education system. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
    May 16, 2014  

    Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the question of how far we’ve come in eliminating segregated education is not a simple one. Gwen Ifill leads a discussion with Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, Sheryll Cashin of Georgetown University, Catherine Lhamon of the Department of Education and Ron Brownstein of Atlantic Media. Continue reading

  • Guantanamo Bay detainees would have if brought onto U.S. soil. Photo by Joshua Nistas/U.S. Navy

    The Obama administration says that there are legal safeguards are in place in the event suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay are relocated to the United States and that detainees would be barred from receiving asylum and would have no right to remain in the country permanently. In a report to Congress, the Justice Department said such a transfer could occur without jeopardizing national security and that detainees held on suspicion of terrorism would not enjoy the same legal rights as other immigrants, including the ability to get asylum. Such detainees, the report notes, have historically been treated “as outside the reach of the immigration laws.” Continue reading

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    May 14, 2014  

    Dinaw Mengestu talks to Jeffrey Brown about his new novel “All Our Names,” which narrates the story of a young black man — who came of age in post-colonial Africa — and a young white woman who meets and falls in love with him in a small Midwestern American town during the civil rights era. Continue reading

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    April 23, 2014   BY  

    Four Muslim men who are U.S. residents have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, alleging that their rights were violated because they refused to spy on their local Muslim communities on behalf of the FBI. They claim that the FBI put them on the no-fly list as intimidation for declining to become informants. Continue reading

  • Nelson Mandela Memorial
    April 20, 2014   BY  

    Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s statement to the South African Supreme Court at his trial on charges of sabotage. Like other famous speeches it now has a shorthand reference — it’s the “an ideal for which I am prepared to die” speech. Continue reading

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    April 11, 2014  

    U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Jeffrey Brown recently traveled from Mississippi to Alabama on a pilgrimage to witness the historical struggles and sorrows people faced during the civil rights movement. On their 100-mile journey, they examine the role of poetry in advancing the movement’s message for justice and freedom. Continue reading