Civil Rights | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Civil Rights

News You Need to Know

Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson

October 23, 2014
Kimberly Kindy, Sari Horwitz | The Washington Post
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How voter ID confusion, early voting could affect turnout in November elections

October 21, 2014
In 18 states, recent court rulings have changed requirements in the weeks before Election Day. Special correspondent Kelley McHenry of UNC-TV reports on the confusion over the new regulations in North Carolina. Gwen Ifill sits down with Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today to discuss factors that could swing the vote.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How Sotomayor influences the Court behind the scenes

October 20, 2014
Since 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has brought her unique style to a traditionally reserved Supreme Court. In “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice,” Reuters journalist Joan Biskupic explores how the court’s first Latina justice is making her mark. Biskupic joins Gwen Ifill for an inside look.
Webcast Extra

Supreme Court rules on voting rights, Obama & Romney raise 2014 campaign cash

October 10, 2014
Voter ID laws blocked, President Obama's role in Election 2014, and AP history in Colorado.
Supreme Court
News You Need to Know

Court Could Confront Marriage, Abortion, Affirmative Action in New Term

October 6, 2014
Pete Williams | NBC News
If the stars align, the Supreme Court term that begins Monday could be one of the most momentous in decades, with decisions on same-sex marriage, abortion, and affirmative action.
News You Need to Know

Some Blacks See Secret Service as Flawed Shield for the President

October 3, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents?
News You Need to Know

Black candidates for Congress hit record high in 2014

October 2, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
A record number of African Americans are running for federal office this year, but their advances in elected office have been met by increased racial polarization in politics, particularly in the Deep South.
Web Clip

America After Ferguson

September 26, 2014
Gwen Ifill moderates a conversation about race in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. This special town hall explores the different viewpoints people have on race and justice across America.
Subscribe to Civil Rights