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Actress, civil rights activist Ruby Dee dead at 91

Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee, who was also known for her activism during the US civil rights movement, has died at the age of 91, her agent said Thursday. The stage, television and film star — a pioneer among America’s black actresses — died Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle,…

With scant oversight, schools in the South are becoming segregated once again

The desegregation of America’s schools was one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights movement. But getting there was a wrenching process that threatened to tear apart the very fabric of our society. In the South, the first African-American……

Christians hold group prayer against LGBT rights at San Antonio City Hall

African-American and Hispanic churches gathered at San Antonio City Hall on Tuesday to pray against a proposal to include LGBT people in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. Minority church leaders told KENS that if the city went forward with plans to prevent hiring discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and…

Maddow: GOP overreach has re-energized the civil rights movement

In the clip embedded below, Rachel Maddow discussed how Republican attempts to restrict voting access for traditionally Democratic constituencies has re-energized and given new focus to the civil rights movement. As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom approaches, voting rights organizations and advocates are…

Liberal evangelicals: We aren’t the mean-spirited, one-issue religion you see in the media

A white Evangelical leader who found his calling in the Civil Rights movement? A Pentecostal pastor organizing against mass incarceration? Far from the monolith the media portrays, Evangelicals aren’t all right-wingers and fundamentalists. They are diverse, complex, and undergoing change. Many are fighting for justice. Summits on Tenth, a new…

Beck: We have a ‘righteous calling’ to lead a ‘new civil rights movement’

Former Fox News personality Glenn Beck said he believed Tuesday morning that he was capable of leading a “new civil rights movement” in America after claiming that fascism was coming to Europe. Appearing on televangelist James Robison’s Life Today show, Beck commented on the popular Occupy Wall Street movement. “We…

Glenn Beck accuses John Lewis of thinking he’s John Lewis

One of the most annoying habits of conservative pundits is their tendency to take faux umbrage whenever it’s suggested that modern day liberals are the ones carrying the legacy of the civil rights movement when they do things like fight poverty (something Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to do)…

Kaufman at Huff Post: misguided race-based rant on LGBT rights — and ‘Homo-Toms’

“The signing of this bill marks a watershed moment for human rights in the District of Columbia,” said Rev. Hardies. “No longer will gay and lesbian couples be denied the fundamental right to marriage in our nation’s capital. I and the nearly 200 DC clergy who supported this bill look…

Black and gay — and reclaiming ‘civil rights’

As someone who is black and lesbian, it’s tiring and absurd to encounter the argument that the black civil rights movement somehow exclusively owns the ability to use “civil rights.” And the result of that is any challenge to this thinking amounts to stepping on the third rail. There is…

False, No Credit Received

No, New York Times. No. FOR the backers of Proposition 8, the state ballot measure to stop single-sex couples from marrying in California, victory has been soured by the ugly specter of intimidation. Some donors to groups supporting the measure have received death threats and envelopes containing a powdery white…

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