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Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Selma March Pivotal Civil Rights Moment

    The 50th anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., is a reminder of the critical role the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. played in American history. Dr. King, whose birth we celebrate today, was far from the only activist...
  • Program offers 10,000 students chance to see 'Selma' for free

    Starting Friday, up to 10,000 Chicago high school students have the opportunity to see the film "Selma" free at one of nine theaters in the area. The initiative, organized by the nonprofit After School Matters, kicks off this weekend just before Martin...
  • 'Selma' fitting tribute on Martin Luther King Day

    On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new movie couldn't be more appropriate. "Selma" is an effective recreation of the politics behind King's nonviolent movement, as well as the toll King's mission took on his marriage and his personal life. The movie,...
  • Does the new 'Selma' call for compulsory voting?

    Does the new 'Selma' call for compulsory voting?
    I saw Selma this week. It's a powerful movie about the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's worth seeing, and certainly deserves better than what it got this week from that star-chamber Oscar nominating process of the Academy of Motion...
  • Oscars 2015: How 'American Sniper' leaped over 'Selma'

    "Selma" and "American Sniper" premiered at the AFI Fest on the same November night. Those standing in line outside the Egyptian Theatre for the 9 p.m. "Sniper" showing could hear the ovation from inside when "Selma" ended and the clapping continued long...
  • Taking the Kids -- and teaching them about civil rights at our national monuments

    Taking the Kids -- and teaching them about civil rights at our national monuments
    Let's hear it for teachable moments. I especially love the ones outside of school, and even better school age, if they occur spontaneously. Well, sometimes they may need a little help. Next month, of course, is Black History Month and in school kids are...
  • Jan. 14 Letters: Cartoonists killed

    It's up to us In September 1963, a bomb ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Sadly, four young angels were called home that morning. Outrage and condemnation circled the globe. Many historians cite this event as the seminal...
  • 'Selma' is an unfair portrayal of LBJ

    Movies "based on" historical events are, to say the least, a mixed bag. Try as they might, filmmakers often don't let the facts get in the way of a good story, bending history for the sake of their narrative's arc or tempo. Paramount Pictures' "Selma,"...
  • Truth takes a back seat in another historical movie

    Truth takes a back seat in another historical movie
    As the uproar died down over the Hollywood comedy that depicted the fictitious assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, another movie came under fire for taking liberties with the truth. The film in question, "Selma," seemed to some critics...
  • Despite embellishments, stunning 'Selma' presents insightful honesty

    Despite embellishments, stunning 'Selma' presents insightful honesty
    Since films based on fact are controversial, perhaps we should stop making them. "Selma," an ambitious, deeply moving drama about the 1960s civil rights movement, has triggered a noisy quarrel, just as pseudo-true-story Oscar contenders "Zero Dark Thirty'...
  • Memories of '60s civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, still strong for Congressman John Lewis

    Forty-nine years after John Lewis and fellow marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the memories of "Bloody Sunday" are still vivid in his mind. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights era. "We were beaten,...