civil rights

  • July 24, 2014   BY  

    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

  • July 15, 2014   BY  

    WASHINGTON — For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) update makes it clear that any form of workplace discrimination … Continue reading

  • June 20, 2014  

    New York City will pay $40 million to five black and Latino men who 25 years ago were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a woman in Central Park. Their conviction was vacated in 2002, but it took until now to close the book on the decade-long civil rights lawsuit. Jeffrey Brown talks to Craig Steven Wilder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology for more on the legacy of the infamous crime. Continue reading

  • June 12, 2014   BY  

    Fifty years ago this July, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act. Do you remember its passage? Continue reading

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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