| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity.
On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers against the full citizenship of gay men and lesbians. On the other, it gave us reason for dread, gutting the 1965...
| 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...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 4:42 PM
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...
| 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...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 7:03 PM
Amid impassioned chants of "We are Trayvon Martin," black leaders Monday called on thousands of supporters gathered at the NAACP's national convention in Orlando to use the teen's death as a rallying point for change.
Though still decrying what many...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...