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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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 The Montgomery Story, which provided a compelling graphic narrative of the Montgomery bus boycott, as well as an accessible outline of FOR's broad ethic of nonviolent civil disobedience. Lewis has recently described the comic as a "Bible" and "guide" for Southern civil rights organizers of the time—an invaluable source of both emotional inspiration and practical guidance to the growing family of nonviolent resistors.
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,…

Why Mass Incarceration Really is the New Jim Crow

Why Mass Incarceration Really is the New Jim Crow

By Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 3:41pm

Black Americans are twice as likely to be arrested during a traffic stop and nearly four times as likely to experience the threat or use of force.

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