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John Conyers and MLK

The Civil Rights Act at 50: A Conversation with Rep. John Conyers

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:48pm
Listening to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) speak is like having a real life history lesson. Mr. Conyers is the second-longest serving member of Congress, having been in office for nearly 50 years.  After participating in the March on Washington in 1963, he entered Congress in the middle of the fight for civil rights and, as a leading civil rights activist himself, has played a key role in passing, protecting and expanding the our nation’s most vital civil rights laws.
Communities of Color Remain Underwater While the Tide Rises

Communities of Color Remain Underwater While the Tide Rises

By Rachel Goodman, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 2:07pm

The housing price tide may be rising, but it's failing to lift up many in our communities of color.

That's because lots of homeowners in these communities are underwater, meaning they purchased homes during the real estate bubble and now owe…

Segregation 2.0: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Segregation 2.0: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 2:42pm

This piece originally appeared at

In an iconic image painted after the Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision, Norman Rockwell depicted a solitary black girl, dressed in a crisp white dress, walking to class…

Keeping Our Promise: <em>Brown</em>, 60 Years Later

Keeping Our Promise: Brown, 60 Years Later

By Keely Mullen at 10:43am

Sixty years ago this Saturday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education. This decision, which ruled state-sanctioned public school segregation unconstitutional, was a tremendous victory…

Kaleb Winston and his parents

In Perverse Equation, Sketches + Skin Color = Gang Tagger

By Carmel Ferrer at 4:26pm

Kaleb Winston loved to draw. A sketchpad never far from reach, he drew constantly, hoping one day to be an architect like his grandfather.

That was before the gang sweep.

In December 2010, two plainclothes police officers approached…