| Aug 9, 2013
The relationship between the White House and the government of Myanmar has been steadily improving. President Obama went there in November; President Thein Sein came here in May. Last year, the administration eased the prohibition on Americans doing...
| Aug 14, 2013
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as...
| May 12, 2013
| 11:17 AM
In a Hollywood auditorium, James L. Tolbert tried to induce a room packed with broadcasting and advertising executives to essentially join the civil rights movement in 1963 by pointing out the obvious.
"We Negroes watch 'Bonanza' and buy Chevrolets....
| Jun 29, 2013
| 5:15 PM
Sarah Halverson suspects that no one would look at her and guess her profession, and I'd say that's a safe bet. She's kind of young for the job, at 36, and she wears a rainbow bracelet and a tiny nose ring.
But the Rev. Dr. Halverson has been pastor...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Najee Ali is an old hand at activism. Jesse Jackson was his mentor; he's Al Sharpton's protege. So Ali thought he had everything in place for a peaceful protest of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case this week.
But somewhere between the opening...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 8:21 PM
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, 97, a plantation-born Louisianian who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Chevy...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 10:52 AM
After graduating from Vassar College in 1966, Elisabeth Coleman sought a job in journalism "as an assistant to a smart man." She found such a position as a researcher at Newsweek magazine in New York.
In those "Mad Men" days of suffocating sexism,...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 3:33 PM
The Rev. Will D. Campbell was a poor white boy from Mississippi who preached his first sermon from a pulpit stocked with a Bible from the Ku Klux Klan. But this son of the segregated South — a self-avowed "good ol' boy with crazy ideas" —...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 8:43 PM
Irwin Held, whose license-plate-festooned West Hollywood beer-and-burger spot drew praise from rock stars but protests from gay rights activists, has died. He was 87.
Held died Monday in his Los Angeles home, family members said. He had a kidney...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 8:20 PM
Julius Chambers, a tenacious North Carolina civil rights lawyer whose house was bombed and office torched as a result of his advocacy, died Friday.
The 76-year-old attorney, whose cases paved the way for public school integration in the Charlotte-...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Jasmyne Cannick didn't join the folks in West Hollywood celebrating the gay marriage victory handed down by the Supreme Court this week.
She was too busy mourning the assault on minorities' voting rights the court unleashed the day before.