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Justice Department 'seriously examining' Ferguson race case

February 18, 2015
Josh Gerstein, Adam Lerner | POLITICO
In weighing whether to bring discrimination charges against the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department has been “seriously examining” allegations that the city’s enforcement of minor offenses discriminated against minorities and often led to jail time and to fines that lined the city’s coffers, a law enforcement official confirmed to POLITICO.
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FBI Chief James Comey Calls for Facing 'Hard Truths' About Race and Policing

February 13, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday the nation must not "turn up the music on the car radio and drive around" the conflict between police and racial minorities.
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How do communities increase accountability and rebuild trust after police shootings?

February 10, 2015
Around the nation, from Ferguson to Staten Island to Albuquerque, communities are grappling with the aftermath of deaths caused by police officers who used lethal force. Gwen Ifill talks to Cornell William Brooks of the NAACP and Richard Berry of the International Association of Chiefs of Police about how to repair strained relations and curb the use of excessive force by law enforcement.
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Rosa Parks' personal items detail civil rights struggle

February 3, 2015
David Shepardson | The Detroit News
The personal papers, photographs and keepsakes of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be opened to the public and researchers at the Library of Congress, revealing new details of her struggles. The items have been locked away for more than eight years after an estate fight tied up their sale after she died in Detroit in October 2005.
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Director Ava DuVernay on sharing the story of ‘Selma’ and deconstructing American heroes

January 8, 2015
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.
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LBJ fought a quiet battle to desegregate housing — his own

January 6, 2015
Karen Tumulty, Alice Crites | The Washington Post
A controversy over the portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the movie “Selma” has revived interest in the 36th president’s role in the civil rights struggles of the 20th century.
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'Selma' and why, half a century later, we're still struggling with the 1960s

January 5, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
The powerful film “Selma” is stirring audiences across the country with its compelling portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. and the heroism of ordinary African Americans as they demanded the right to vote a half century ago.
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