Celebrate Black History

During Black History Month and all throughout the year, we commemorate the achievements of African-Americans, celebrate the legacy of those involved in the struggle, and rededicate our commitment to the work.

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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.
Comics As "Bibles" for Civil Rights Struggles

Comics As "Bibles" for Civil Rights Struggles

By Robert Hunter, Legal Assistant, ACLU, Racial Justice Program at 3:24pm

In the spring of 1958, civil rights leader and future Georgia Congressman John Lewis met Jim Lawson, an organizer with a nonviolent organizing group called the Fellowship Of Reconciliation (FOR). Lawson introduced Lewis to the FOR's popular comic book…

What Have We Learned from the Spies of Mississippi?

What Have We Learned from the Spies of Mississippi?

By Hugh Handeyside, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 2:45pm

The documentary film "Spies of Mississippi," which aired on PBS on Monday, is a grim reminder of the depths that Mississippi authorities plumbed in their efforts to subvert the civil rights movement. The film chronicles the role of the Mississippi…

Remembering Larry King

Remembering Larry King

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:16am

We live in freedom by necessity. We must reshape our world. We must love one another, or die. --Vijay Prashad, The World We Want is the World We Need, Riverside Church

Today I remember Larry King who was killed six years ago. On…

The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here

The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here

By Tori Mends-Cole, Washington Legislative Office at 3:47pm

In the late 70s, my father and several other men in Liberia were tied together at the neck and brutally flogged for hours in public. It was a humiliation reminiscent of slavery days that stung all the more because these men were descendants of ex-slaves.…

Honoring Heroic African-Americans

Honoring Heroic African-Americans

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:27pm

For far too many African-Americans, the nation's aspirations remain a dream deferred.

Continuing the Fight for Civil Rights and Prisoners' Rights

Continuing the Fight for Civil Rights and Prisoners' Rights

By David Fathi, National Prison Project at 3:46pm

In the United States, the freedom struggle of Black people and the struggle for prisoners' rights have long been intertwined.

A Legacy of Civil Rights Is at Risk

A Legacy of Civil Rights Is at Risk

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:48pm

A growing number of states have enacted laws that will suppress voting, yet the minority community has uttered little protest

The Teachers of Our Legacy

The Teachers of Our Legacy

By Emily Tynes, ACLU at 2:35pm

Black History Month is the time to remember the heroes who risked everything to stand up for racial justice and the dignity of all.

Ain’t I a Woman?

Ain’t I a Woman?

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 1:20pm

Recently, a colleague here at the ACLU sent around a story about an African-American woman’s experience giving birth that literally left me crying at my desk.

Birthing While Black, was written in the aftermath of the Blue Ivy Carter,…

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