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By John Yang, Andrew Corkery
Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a pioneering Black feminist, child welfare advocate and lifelong community activist who toured the country speaking with Gloria Steinem in the 1970s and appears with her in one of the most iconic photos of the second-wave feminist…
By Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
Since the 1960s, Georgia’s majority voting law has required a candidate get 50 percent of the vote or more in order to be declared the winner.
By Nicole Ellis, Rachel Liesendahl
Photographer Ernest Withers captured some of the most iconic images of the civil rights era. But Withers was also an FBI informant, funneling information to the bureau about the civil rights movement and its leaders. Journalist Wesley Lowery joins Geoff…
By Geoff Bennett, Harry Zahn, Juliet Fuisz
On April 9, 1947, a group of eight white men and eight Black men began the first “freedom ride” to challenge laws that mandated segregation on buses in defiance of the 1946 U.S. Supreme Court Morgan v. Virginia ruling declaring…
By Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press
By Nicole Ellis, Saher Khan, Tyriana Evans
As President Biden prepares to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, we revisit another historic first. Constance Baker Motley was the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary and the first to argue before the Supreme…
Monday has been a day to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and also a day of calls to action on voting rights. Demonstrators marched through streets in Washington in support of voting legislation now stalled in…
By John Yang, Murrey Jacobson
A New York judge on Thursday exonerated two men of assassinating Malcolm X. The iconic civil rights figure was gunned down in Manhattan in 1965. Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam were convicted, and imprisoned until the 1980's. A…
By Associated Press
Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer who inspired the “Freedom Rides," has died at the age of 83. Boynton was arrested 60 years ago for entering the white part of a racially segregated bus station in Virginia and ultimately…
Lucille Bridges walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past crowds screaming racist slurs as Ruby became the first Black student at her all-white New Orleans elementary school in 1960.
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