In Selma today, the town of about 20,000 people is roughly 80 percent black and more than 40 percent of residents live in poverty. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — In only a few minutes on national television, the beatings of civil rights marchers by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, dragged the inhumanity of Southern segregation into America’s living rooms as never before. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, Americans observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with marches celebrating the civil rights leader, as well as protests over the racial divide, police killings of people of color and income disparity. Also, Iran and Hezbollah blamed Israel for an airstrike in the Syria-controlled part of the Golan Heights that killed an Iranian general and six Hezbollah fighters dead. Continue reading
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., students from Washington, D.C.’s Watkins Elementary gathered Friday to celebrate what has become an annual tradition. Each year the fifth grade students study and reenact the “I have a Dream” speech the late Civil Rights leader gave during the March on Washington in 1963. The children gather in the same place King did on that warm day in August, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Continue reading
An audio recording of a speech given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, long thought to be lost in time, was made available to the masses this week online.
The movie, “Selma,” is getting plenty of attention for its portrayal of history, the relationship between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson — and the way it showcases Dr. King’s skills and choices as a political tactician and activist. What’s less well-known is the extent to which director Ava DuVernay rewrote much of the script — and that includes writing her own versions of Dr. King’s speeches.
The story of the seminal 1965 Alabama civil rights protests is being retold in the historical drama “Selma,” bringing to life the heroism of the activists and the brutality of the resistance. Gwen Ifill talks to director Ava DuVernay about contention over historical discrepancies and why no one has ever attempted to make a feature film about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before. Continue reading
There is a shock of recognition in the scenes that begin and end “Selma,” the elegiac new work by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Even if you know only a little about your history, the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama March will seem familiar. Continue reading
HOUSTON — Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants and water fountains were divided by race. Half a century later, the first black man to become president is commemorating what’s been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting deep inequalities that remain. Continue reading
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings – among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom – sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.