| Jan 13, 2015
| 3:52 PM
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...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:46 AM
In the mid-1960s, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a series of laws that came to be known as the Great Society, which set in motion the most transformative period of social change of the last half-century and delivered on many...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Shortly before the actor David Oyelowo began shooting the part of Martin Luther King Jr. in the new historical drama "Selma," he set out on a video-hunting mission. Oyelowo was searching for something that would help him get under the skin of his...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 8:18 PM
Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson turned on the lights of the National Christmas Tree and proclaimed, “These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.” He continued, “Today...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 2:31 PM
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African-American male.
But that has it precisely...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The powerful film “Selma” is stirring audiences across the country with its compelling portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. and the heroism of ordinary African Americans as they demanded the right to vote a half century ago.
But the movie...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 8:02 AM
Watch birds return to their night rookery at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis.
During the winter months large numbers of double-crested cormorants and anhingas fly in over the lake and settle in bald cypress trees. Wood ducks, egrets, great blue herons...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:18 PM
It is no crushing insult to Ava DuVernay's "Selma" that experts dispute its accuracy. In today's movie culture, accuracy only matters when the movie is worth arguing about.
Guardians of President Lyndon B. Johnson's memory are upset that he is portrayed...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 6:26 PM
The contemporary immigrant rights movement has commanded attention through civil disobedience, student walkouts and intensive lobbying. But there's another tactic — increasing immigrant clout by allowing all noncitizens to vote — that also...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 9:05 AM
W.T. Bland Public Library will present "Celebrate Hanukkah" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to share the reason for this festive Jewish holiday.
Rabbi Geoff Solomon of the Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora will talk about Hanukkah and its customs....
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama "Selma" will open the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is set for Jan. 2-12, organizers announced Tuesday.
Starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., "Selma" chronicles the three months in...