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American Voices: Tricia Rose on saving government jobs to keep the playing field level

Tricia Rose, professor of African-American cultural politics at Brown University, argues that cutting government jobs would derail a half-century of efforts to create a more level playing field in the workplace.


ACLU criticizes killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, calling it a ‘dangerous’ precedent

In an interview with Need to Know, the ACLU’s deputy legal director said the killing of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent in which “U.S. citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government.”


  In Perspective: Confronting our racial history with ‘The Help’

Guest essayist Desiree Cooper argues that confronting one of the most uncomfortable aspects of the new film “The Help” — the depiction of affection between maids and the families they worked for — can help lead to a better understanding of our racial histories.


  Freedom Riders, 50 years later

Alison Stewart talks with Francis and Laura Randall who, 50 years ago, were part of the courageous band of American civil rights activists who risked their lives on the Freedom Rides, taking buses together through the deep south to demonstrate against Jim Crow laws.


Photo: Another look at King’s killer

Photos released Wednesday offer a forgotten glimpse of James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. 43 years ago.


AIDS in the Bible Belt

Why the Deep South is ground zero for the domestic AIDS epidemic.

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