| Jul 21, 2014
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...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 6:54 PM
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...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 10:03 PM
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...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
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...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:44 PM
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...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:20 AM
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...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
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...
| Jun 18, 2014
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...
| Apr 28, 2014
"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...