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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Brown playing race card to retain House seat

    Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown says she is "fighting" for the rights of black voters in her opposition to Judge Terry Lewis' ruling that her district be redrawn because it's unconstitutional. ¬†Brown is fighting for black voters — she wants to...
  • Why some Americans are more 'independent' than others

    To the editor: The Fourth of July means something different to everyone, but not until I read the words of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony did I realize that the problems that were evident more than 160 years ago are similar to the problems we are...
  • Celebrating freedoms without exercising them [Commentary]

    Celebrating freedoms without exercising them [Commentary]
    As the holiday weekend draws to a close, please pause from the cookouts and fireworks to reflect on the meaning of this freedom we've been celebrating, knowingly or not. When 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of...
  • Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game

    Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game
    The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction. At first glance, many of its decisions appear...
  • Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and join youth to mobilize voters

    Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and join youth to mobilize voters
    Sometimes it's important to celebrate. Other times, it's important to keep working. To celebrate, you can join Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs at the county's Regional History Center in downtown Orlando Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon to commemorate...
  • LBJ's second great battle: Enforcing the Civil Rights Act

    When Lyndon Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, so closely had he played his political cards that nobody was exactly sure what he believed in. Very quickly, the surprising answer became clear: civil rights. Johnson went...
  • Orlando celebrates Civil Rights Act with eye on the future

    Orlando celebrates Civil Rights Act with eye on the future
    The city of Orlando celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on Monday with one eye on the past and a focus on the future. "In this city, we value diversity," said Mayor Buddy Dyer. "Today we celebrate the 50th...
  • Rekha Basu: 'Freedom Summer,' a reminder our work is not finished

    Until she went to college, Patti Miller had never so much as spoken to a black person. There were few opportunities in her hometown of Jefferson, Iowa. And when she might occasionally see someone of African ancestry in Des Moines, her mother would...
  • Oprah Winfrey's MLK Drama 'Selma' Set for Christmas

    Setting up a major awards season push, Paramount Pictures and Pathe have set the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. drama "Selma" for a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas. The film will open wide on Jan. 9. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film is being...
  • 'Freedom Summer II' could turn red states blue

    'Freedom Summer II' could turn red states blue
    Civil rights veterans plan to honor the 50th anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer project by taking on an even bigger challenge: Turning the South's red states blue. Actually, they don't express it in terms quite that partisan. Whether the states...
  • Was Martin Luther King wrong?

    "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assured his followers. But was he right? The arc of American history, at least, has a different shape. During the 19th century, a high point for...