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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • PBS' 'Freedom Summer' a gripping reminder of courage in 1964

    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"...
  • 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...
  • Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin voter ID law

    A federal judge struck down a Wisconsin voter ID law as unconstitutional because it imposed an unfair burden on the poor and minorities, a move that could set a precedent for other voting rights cases to be decided this election year. The Wisconsin law,...
  • 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...
  • Bipartisan presidential panel suggests ways to improve elections

    Bipartisan presidential panel suggests ways to improve elections
    WASHINGTON — States should allow online voter registration and create more opportunities to cast ballots before election day, according to a report issued Wednesday by a bipartisan commission formed to address long lines and other troubles at the...
  • The last best witness

    The last best witness
    One of the most powerful images in "The Movement," the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale photography exhibition about the Civil Rights Era, shows a group of demonstrators being assaulted with fire hoses at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3,...
  • Bipartisan group begins effort to restore parts of Voting Rights Act

    WASHINGTON – Lawmakers announced Thursday bipartisan legislation that would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act that were thrown out by the Supreme Court last summer. The bill would also establish new criteria to determine whether...
  • After waging War on Poverty for 50 years, let's not surrender

    After waging War on Poverty for 50 years, let's not surrender
    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...