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She Wouldn't Give Up Her Seat.
65 Years Later, a Clean Record
Dec 16, 2021 9:50 AM CST
She Wouldn't Give Up Her Seat. 65 Years Later, a Clean Record
Claudette Colvin, 82, has arrest wiped for making move as a teen that Rosa Parks did months later
A judge in Montgomery, Ala., has finally granted an elderly great-grandmother her wish to have an arrest from her teen years scrubbed from her record. "I'm no longer a juvenile delinquent at 82," Claudette Colvin said Thursday on
. "My record was expunged."...
Civil Rights Icon Who
Taught Math, Too, Dies
Jul 25, 2021 5:54 PM CDT
Civil Rights Icon Who Taught Math, Too, Dies
Robert Parris Moses was 86
- Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86, per the AP . Moses, who was widely referred...
Files Open to Public on
Civil Rights Workers' Slayings
Jun 27, 2021 10:45 AM CDT
Files Open to Public on Civil Rights Workers' Slayings
Victims were in Mississippi to look into church fire and register voters
- Never-before-seen case files, photographs, and other records documenting the investigation into the infamous slayings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi are now open to the public for the first time, 57 years after their deaths. The 1964 killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Neshoba County...
Jimmy Allen Ruth
Delivered Freedom Riders
Jun 5, 2021 3:35 PM CDT
Jimmy Allen Ruth Delivered Freedom Riders
Bus driver knew the risk he was taking, family says
- Jimmy Allen Ruth had just started driving for Trailways in 1961 when a group of Freedom Riders wanted a bus to take them from Nashville to Jackson, Mississippi. Every driver turned the assignment down but the 23-year-old Ruth, who was white. "He agreed to drive the students and never...
Feb 2, 2021 4:52 PM CST
Rosa Parks' Story Wasn't So Simple
Bus arrest was part of a long struggle for civil rights
- The Rosa Parks of textbooks—a tired Alabama bus passenger whose small, solitary act of defiance helped ignite the civil rights movement—leaves a lot out. The distorted fable misleads us at a time when the real story could help the nation understand its history and find a way past...
Mom Walked Her Daughter
to School—and Into History
Nov 11, 2020 7:27 AM CST
Mom Walked Her Daughter to School—and Into History
Lucille Bridges, 'a Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,' dies at 86
- Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who walked with her then-6-year-old daughter past crowds screaming racist slurs as she became the first Black student at her all-white New Orleans elementary school, has died at the age of 86, per the AP . "Today our country lost...
Governor Apologizes to Woman
Who Survived '63 Church Bomb
Oct 1, 2020 3:40 PM CDT
Governor Apologizes to Woman Who Survived '63 Church Bomb
Ivey agrees to talks on compensation over attack at Birmingham church
- The governor of Alabama has extended an apology and a promise to meet with attorneys of a survivor of the Ku Klux Klan's 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham. Sarah Collins Rudolph, who was blinded in one eye in the attack, is seeking compensation from the state; her...
Fellow Icons Honor CT Vivian
for His Courage and Humility
Jul 23, 2020 7:20 PM CDT
Fellow Icons Honor CT Vivian for His Courage and Humility
Civil rights pioneer was 'a giant for justice,' Oprah Winfrey says
- The nation paid its final respects Thursday to the Rev. CT Vivian, a pioneer of the civil rights movement who helped end segregation across the South and left an abiding imprint on US history. Vivian, a close ally of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was mourned by civil rights...
Lost a Giant'
Jul 18, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'
Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime...
The 'Conscience of
Congress' Has Died
Jul 18, 2020 5:28 AM CDT
The 'Conscience of Congress' Has Died
Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the civil rights movement, is gone at age 80 after cancer battle
- John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became a giant in the civil rights movement, was arrested dozens of times in his fight for racial and social justice, and served 33 years in Congress, has died at the age of 80. The AP reports that Lewis' death was confirmed...
Leader Took Punch for Justice
Jul 17, 2020 4:35 PM CDT
Leader Took Punch for Justice
Sheriff slugged CT Vivian, an adviser to Martin Luther King, while news cameras rolled
- The Rev. CT Vivian, an early adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at age 95. Vivian, who died of natural causes at home in Atlanta, began staging sit-ins against segregation in Peoria,...
Killer of 4 Little Girls
at Church Dies
Jun 26, 2020 3:40 PM CDT
Killer of 4 Little Girls at Church Dies
Survivor hopes Klansman convicted in 1963 Birmingham attack repented
- The last of the three Ku Klux Klan members convicted in the church bombing that killed four black girls in 1963 has died in an Alabama prison. Addie Mae Collins, Cythnia Wesley, and Carole Robertson, all 14, and Denise McNair, 11, were killed by the explosion as they were changing...
A Civil Rights
Mar 28, 2020 6:00 AM CDT
A Civil Rights Icon, Dead at 98
Joseph Lowery was an aide to MLK Jr. and considered the 'dean' of civil rights movement
- A civil rights icon who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the benediction prayer at Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration, and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades has died. Relatives of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery say the 98-year-old died at home in...
NPR Gets Assailant in 1965
Selma Attack to Admit Role
Jun 18, 2019 2:32 PM CDT
NPR Gets Assailant in 1965 Selma Attack to Admit Role
William Portwood admits taking part in assault that left minister James Reeb dead
- An eyewitness to an unsolved 1965 murder that galvanized the civil rights movement admits she lied on the witness stand and to the FBI about the killing of Boston minister James Reeb in Selma, Ala. At the time, Frances Bowden said she could not identify the assailants. But as part...
Senator Is Dead at 97
Apr 6, 2019 4:10 PM CDT
Larger-Than-Life Senator Is Dead at 97
Ernest F. 'Fritz' Hollings was a moderate in explosive times
- Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate, has died, the AP reports. He was 97. A spokesman said Hollings died at his home on the Isle of Palms early...
Used in New Zealand
Shows Up in Tennessee
Apr 3, 2019 1:23 PM CDT
Racist Symbol Used in New Zealand Shows Up in Tennessee
Hashtag-like symbol painted near burned building at the Highlander Center
- You may not be familiar with the Highlander Education and Research Center, but you certainly know the names attached to it: The prominent social justice organization hosted the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks decades ago; on Friday, its main office was completely burned in a fire...
'New Information' Reopens
Inquiry in Emmett Till's Murder
Jul 12, 2018 7:57 AM CDT
'New Information' Reopens Inquiry in Emmett Till's Murder
Following publication of a book in which Carolyn Donham says she lied when testifying against Till
- The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teen whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The Justice Department told Congress in a report in March it's reinvestigating Till'...
Trump Visits New Civil Rights
Museum Amid Protests
Dec 9, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Trump Visits New Civil Rights Museum Amid Protests
'It's big stuff'
- President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy, the AP reports. As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at...
Shock Revelation From Woman
Who Sealed Emmett Till's Fate
Jan 27, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Shock Revelation From Woman Who Sealed Emmett Till's Fate
Author Timothy Tyson says Carolyn Bryant admitted to making up parts of her story
- When 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a Mississippi store in August 1955, the black teen had no clue that his entrance would lead to his untimely death. And little did anyone in 2017 anticipate that, decades later, the white woman whose words sealed his fate would partly recant her explosive...
Queen Was Only Woman on
Canadian Money—Until Now
Dec 8, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Queen Was Only Woman on Canadian Money—Until Now
Viola Desmond, 'Rosa Parks of Canada,' to appear on $10 bill in 2018
- Only one woman currently appears on Canadian currency, but Queen Elizabeth II is about to get a partner. Starting in 2018, civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond—aka the "Rosa Parks of Canada"—will have her mug on the country's $10 bill, the
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