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.
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement.
The beloved historian, social activist and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” would have turned 90 years old on Friday. "Democracy Now!" remembers Zinn with clips from speeches he gave near the end of his life.
Rosa Parks, "mother of the civil rights movement," was discovered recently to have written a first-person account of a young black housekeeper being sexually accosted by a white man, but whether she was describing something that happened to her or was writing a work of fiction is uncertain. (An earlier version of this Truthdig item was based on an AP report that changed afterward when new information surfaced.)
On Feb. 20, four Muslim women took a conspicuous step to protest gender segregation in Muslim mosques by refusing to relegate themselves to a cordoned-off prayer zone for women -- which one of them ruefully called the "penalty box" -- and instead worshiped with the men at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Their presence did not go unnoticed.