civil rights

Training Activists
12:24 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing the Supreme Court's rulings outside the court building in June 2013. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:30 pm

Election season is getting underway in states all over the country, and voting rights advocates worry some of those places may move to disenfranchise minorities by exploiting a Supreme Court ruling.

That ruling last June blew up a system that had forced states with a history of discrimination to win federal approval before making election changes.

Now, legal groups are responding by training a new generation of activists to sue. Consider this recent gathering of a few dozen lawyers and community activists on the 28th floor of an Atlanta skyscraper.

Read more
Seattle Civil Rights
7:28 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Murray's Executive Order A 'Christmas List' Of Racial Equity Requests

Ed Murray signed an racial equity executive order on Thursday, April 3, to a chorus of applause.
Flickr Photo/Mayor Ed Murray (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order Thursday to expand the Race and Social Justice Initiative program.

The new order is intended to hold the city accountable after a survey commissioned by the city found that around 90 percent of residents say the city continues to have racial problems.

Read more
Civil Rights
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Advocates Push To Slow Deportation While Waiting For Immigration Reform

Pramila Jayapal is an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights.
We Belong Together's Facebook page/Nathan Mitchell

Marcie Sillman talks with Pramila Jayapal, an advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. She and other supporters are pushing to slow deportation while Congress constructs an immigration bill.

Brown v. Board of Education
12:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Eight of the nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School walk from school to their waiting Army station wagon on Oct. 2, 1957.
Ferd Kaufman AP

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 10:23 am

In Little Rock, Ark., on Monday, a federal judge is considering a deal that would end one of the longest-running and most notorious school desegregation cases in the country. The state, its largest school districts and lawyers representing black students have agreed to settle a complex lawsuit over unequal education.

Little Rock has long been the symbol of the South's violent reaction to Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

Read more
Exit Interview
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How State Senator Adam Kline's Life And Career Was Shaped By The Civil Rights Movement

Senator Adam Kline.

David Hyde talks with State Senator Adam Kline about how the civil rights movement shaped his life and political career.

Civil Rights
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'The War On Poverty' Helped Shape Seattle Activism

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action.

March On Washington Anniversary
11:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Local Civil Rights Leader's Story Of Sitting Near Dr. King

Reverend Samuel McKinney ringing a bell in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary.
KUOW Photo/Allie Ferguson

Local civil rights leader Reverend Samuel McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church was in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington in 1963. In fact, McKinney had one of the best seats in the house: right next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Read more
I Have A Dream
9:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nation's Capitol Celebration: 50-Year Anniversary Of The March On Washington

Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C.'s, Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963.
From Wikipedia.

In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NPR will be airing special live coverage of the celebration starting at 11:00 a.m. PT in the nation’s Capitol.

Read more
The March On Washington At 50
12:34 am
Wed August 28, 2013

For King's Adviser, Fulfilling The Dream 'Cannot Wait'

Clarence B. Jones, legal adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., takes notes behind King at a press conference regarding in Birmingham, Ala., in February 1963.
Ernst Haas Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:33 am

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

Read more
Civil Rights History
4:43 am
Wed August 14, 2013

A Postman's 1963 Walk For Justice, Cut Short On An Alabama Road

Civil rights activist William Moore made several one-man marches for racial equality. In April 1963, he was killed during a march from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss.
Baltimore Sun

In April of 1963, a Baltimore mailman set off to deliver the most important letter in his life — one he wrote himself. William Lewis Moore decided to walk along Highway 11 from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., hoping to hand-deliver his letter to Gov. Ross Barnett. Moore wanted Barnett to fundamentally change Mississippi's racial hierarchy — something unthinkable for a Southern politician at the time.

Read more
DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building
flickr/afagen

A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

Read more
Proposition 8
7:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Happening Now: Supreme Court Hears First Of Two Gay-Marriage Cases

The line was long Tuesday outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as spectators came to hear the oral arguments about California's Proposition 8.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:45 am

  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: Three key points about Tuesday's court hearing

(Our most recent update was at 12:50 p.m. ET.)

Read more
Same-Sex Marriage
9:42 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dan Savage On Marriage

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
Flickr/Better Than Bacon

Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author, advocate and more.  He is behind the It Gets Better project, an archive of hopeful videos aimed at troubled gay youth, and the author of "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family." Savage talks to Ross Reynolds about marriage and what he plans to do now that same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.

Read more
Same-Sex Marriage
5:54 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Gay Wedding Chapel At Seattle City Hall

Credit erin m / Flickr

On the first day same-sex couples can get married in Washington state, Seattle City Hall will serve as a wedding chapel.   Mayor Mike McGinn's office is playing the role of planner. On Monday, it posted the itinerary for a historic wedding ceremony on Dec. 9.

Read more
Law
12:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Washington Supreme Court Says Jury Selection Must Be Public

The Supreme Court of Washington issued opinions on four cases Wednesday about how courts and judges interact with jurors. In three of the cases the Supreme Court ruled that jury selection has to happen in the open.

Read more

Pages