| Nov 12, 2014
| 7:41 AM
Those standing in line outside Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday night for the 9 p.m. screening of Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" heard a loud roar go up from inside the historic building shortly after 8.
It was the sound of Ava DuVernay's...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Restrictive voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin have been blocked by federal judges--in the latter case by the Supreme Court--in what may be harbingers of a judicial pushback against efforts by Republicans to disenfranchise minority voters. Meanwhile the...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 5:19 PM
George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has me feeling an immense sense of loss.
It's what I felt last month when the Supreme Court voted to void a key provision of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act....
| Jun 28, 2013
| 12:32 PM
When the Supreme Court struck down a major section of the Voting Rights Act, which required nine states to get federal approval of any election change, there were howls of anger and despair among liberals. They see the provision as vital to preventing new...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Progressives resent progress when it renders anachronistic once-valid reasons for enlarging the federal government's supervisory and coercive powers. Hence they regret Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that progress has rendered Section 4 of the 1965...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had.
"This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There is no greater horror than that conjured by memory. While viewers shiver with shock and delight over the current crop of epic narratives — the bloody fights for freedom in "Game of Thrones," Billy Bob Thornton's malicious glee in "Fargo"...
| Feb 27, 2013
Do you have a story to share about how the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed your life? It has been big news Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court ponders whether the act is still necessary. For those who want to know more, “PBS NewsHour” is...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:13 PM
Bill Plante was 27 when he covered the Selma marches for CBS 50 years ago.
Plante is now 77 and has returned to Selma for CBS. He also will interview President Barack Obama on Saturday in Selma about the marches that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. ...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 2:36 PM
The voices of local African-Americans who fought for civil rights in Central Florida can be heard in the original play "A Vote: A Voice."
Written by Florida state Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson, D-Orlando, "A Vote: A Voice" will be peformed at 3 and 7 p.m....
| Mar 27, 2015
| 6:39 PM
The Protestant theologian, Paul Tillich, used to say that theology is the work of understanding our religious situation. Our religious situation today is complex, and one of the most important reasons for that complexity are the many and diverse...