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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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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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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2014: A reminder of the lasting power of racial politics in America

January 2, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
The year 2014 will be remembered politically for many things, among them the Republican Party’s impressive victories in the midterm elections. But as much as anything, the year was a reminder of the depth of racial tensions and divisions in America.
Rep. Steve Scalise
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Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana Acknowledges Addressing Racist Group in 2002

December 30, 2014
Ashley Parker, Alan Rappeport | The New York Times
Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 Republican in the House, addressed a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in 2002, a Scalise spokeswoman confirmed Monday as his party prepared to take control of both chambers of Congress.
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How New Yorkers feel about the NYPD

December 24, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Right now, New Yorkers' attitudes toward their police force seem to provide still more evidence of a divided city. But not so long ago, a lofty regard for the New York Police Department united residents instead.
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New York police killings raise questions of cause and effect after weeks of protests

December 23, 2014
The murder of two New York City police officers has ignited a volley of blame and exposes the deep rifts dividing a city in mourning. Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives from Patrick Colligan of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and Mark Levine of the New York City Council.
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