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Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

In one now-historic decade, civil rights organizers brilliantly identified the levers of government power they could seize, but most of those levers are out of reach today. How will modern activists achieve change?

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What Happened to the Female Directors of Hollywood? (Part 5)

The final article in the series offers some closely guarded data about audience gender breakdowns, and insights from filmmakers Mira Nair (shown left), Ava DuVernay (shown right), Nancy Meyers and Stacy Title. 

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Truthdigger of the Week: Ava DuVernay, Activist Filmmaker

Even when off the set, the director of “13th” and “Selma” regularly addresses issues of political injustice.

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Selma March Leaders Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Lament Voting Rights Losses

Civil rights leaders from the 1960s were awarded one of the highest civilian honors Wednesday by some of the same congressional leaders who failed to pass a renewed Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down crucial provisions in the 1965 legislation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Palestinian-Israelis’ Selma Moment? (Video)

Ayman Odah, leader of the Joint Arab List, the party representing Palestinian-Israelis and elements of the Israeli left, responded late Tuesday to the news that Israelis of Palestinian descent came out in droves to vote.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE


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It’s Time to Abolish Fraternities

The recent video showing members of a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter singing a racist song has turned a new spotlight on collegiate Greek culture and its origins. The truth is ugly.

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In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

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Jon Stewart Interviews Civil Rights Leader John Lewis on Marching in Selma 50 Years Ago

As he introduced President Obama at the commemoration of Bloody Sunday, the longtime congressman recalled marching in Selma, Ala., at the age of 25.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



African-Americans Still Struggle for Full Citizenship Rights, Voting Rights (Video)

Over 50 years after the Selma march to Montgomery, African-Americans still face substantial impediments to their full citizenship in the United States.

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After Selma—Again

We might honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and the marchers in Selma by making voting in federal elections an obligation of citizenship.

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President Obama Marks the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma

“The idea of a just America and a fair America, an inclusive America, and a generous America—that idea ultimately triumphed,” President Obama said in Selma, Ala., on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march for equal voting rights for minorities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Rep. John Lewis Remembers Police Attack on Selma Bridge 50 Years Ago

Lewis was one of hundreds of peaceful voting-rights activists who were beaten 50 years ago on Bloody Sunday as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led them on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. He recalls the event on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



From White Sheets to Spreadsheets

Fifty years after King’s march from Selma, new methods are being used to block African-Americans from voting: Jim Crow has become Dr. James Crow, systems analyst.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Hollywood Heroism: From ‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Selma’ to ‘American Sniper’

Within the last few months, three films appeared that offer role models, however flawed, to young people while legitimating particular notions of civic courage, patriotism and a broader understanding of injustice.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House.

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We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



#ReclaimMLK: Bringing the Long View Into Contemporary Racial Politics

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy isn’t like a stone statue with fixed significance and predictable contours—it takes on different meanings depending on the American cultural climate at a given moment.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE


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Oscar Nominations Give Props to Quirky ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest,’ Stir Up ‘Selma’ Controversy

The 2015 Academy Award nominations are now official, and for those willing to entertain this brand of Hollywood pageantry as a passably noteworthy indicator of sociocultural ... whatever, here’s the lineup for this year’s Oscars.

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J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Suicide Letter’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Is Even Worse Than We Knew

Half a century ago, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover had what he clearly considered to be a big problem in the form of civil rights galvanizer Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rep. John Lewis Schools Rush Limbaugh on Civil Rights Movement

Rush Limbaugh asked on his radio program Friday, “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?”

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Jesse Jackson: ‘We Are a Better America Today’

Jesse Jackson took a moment on Wednesday to elaborate upon his wordless reaction (that spoke volumes) Tuesday night in Chicago as Barack Obama claimed victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Harry Belafonte, the Lion at 80

The legendary entertainer and activist may be in his ninth decade, but his commitment to social justice is as fervent as ever.

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Obama, Clinton Cross Paths in Selma

Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton went to Selma, Ala., on Sunday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the historic march there. With news outlets buzzing over their “intense rivalry,” they managed to applaud one another and honor a momentous struggle above and beyond their own campaigns.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


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