| Feb 13, 2014
Arthur R. Thompson Sr. began a 32-year career with the Chicago Police Department as a patrol officer on the South Side, where one of his assignments was the security detail at the funeral of Emmett Till.
The death of Till, the 14-year-old black...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Laveta Richardson never wanted to end up like those grief-stricken mothers on television who express sorrow and anger toward the loss of their children to Chicago’s gun violence.
But on Thursday, relatives consoled the mother of three through...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 1:57 PM
For February, we asked the Tribune's arts critics for their best suggestions for entertainment for Black History Month. From the worlds of Chicago theater, music, dance and beyond — regardless of whether they are promoted as Black History Month...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:27 PM
The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 2:00 PM
"If The Civil Rights era has to be mentioned at all in the current gun debate, it's that the U.S. would be safer if blacks had stayed at the back of the bus — without access to firearms."
— Email from reader taking issue with citing Emmett...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 9:47 AM
“Attention, attention … the mic is now open.”
It is only fitting that Derrick Weston Brown begins his presentation at local high schools with an original poem beckoning “all poets and lovers of the word.”
| Aug 22, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington civil rights event. Several events are planned for the weekend and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the anniversary of the day of...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 7:15 AM
Ever since the late 1990s, the forces behind the Pulitzer Prize in music have tried to push the award outside the narrow precincts of classical composition.
On Monday, the Pulitzers made the next dramatic step in that evolution, with jazz musician...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
We are so programmed by our history with race in America that reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin depends largely upon one's individual, even group experience.
If you are African-American, you might...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
She was not thinking of writing a play about Anne Frank and Emmett Till.
Janet Langhart Cohen was just enjoying her life in Washington D.C.’s social whirl as the wife of former Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator William S. Cohen.
But she did,...
| May 2, 2013
| 7:09 AM
Kanye West took to Twitter on Thursday morning for a major announcement: "June Eighteen."
And that's it -- no context, no explanation, no additional clues as to what that date might bring.
Is it the release date for his new album, which Pop & Hiss...