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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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.

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.

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…

Paying Our Debt to Society, But Not Really

Paying Our Debt to Society, But Not Really

By Alicia Gathers, National Prison Project at 3:03pm

Black History Month is an opportune time to talk about how Blacks are disenfranchised of their ability to pursue the American dream.

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,…

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…

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.…

"The Loving Story" Is What Love Is All About

"The Loving Story" Is What Love Is All About

By Rosemary Harris Lytle, ACLU of Colorado at 1:36pm

The Lovings' victory in the Supreme Court was a great moment in not only Black history and civil rights history, but in American history.

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…

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.

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