In a pivotal trip in 1967, Sen. Kennedy saw first-hand the effects of poverty in the Delta.
The modern version of an African-American spiritual has helped draw together people fighting for a better life
The noted writer and educator tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.
J.R. Clifford fought his real battles in the courtroom
A new Greensboro museum celebrates the courage of four young black men 50 years ago
During demonstrations in Birmingham, Martin Luther King Jr. took perhaps the most fateful decision made during the civil rights era
Although marred by the grisly murders of three young activists, the Freedom Summer of 1964 brought revolutionary changes to Mississippi and the nation
What would Martin Luther King Jr.—had he been alive today—thought of our latest president’s oratory?
Viewing a transformation that still affects all of us—through the prism of a single year
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and its legacy
What’s going to happen when the most prosperous, best-educated generation in history finally grows up? (And just how special are the baby boomers?)
Facing a nearly invisible enemy, we all may be subjected to new kinds of government scrutiny. But past wars suggest the final result may be greater freedom.
For the first time in a generation, student activism is on the rise. Do these new protesters have anything like the zeal, the conviction, and the clout of their famous 1960s predecessors?
SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH the Soviet Union orbited a “man-made moon” whose derisive chirp persuaded Americans they’d already lost a race that had barely begun
Thirty years ago John Howard Griffin, a white Texan, became an itinerant Southern black for four weeks. His account of the experience galvanized the nation.
Twenty years ago blacks were virtually disenfranchised throughout the South. Now their votes may elect our next President.
A century after passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern blacks still were denied the vote. In 1965 Martin Luther King, Jr, set out to change that—by marching through the heart of Alabama.
Nobody was murdered or maimed, but nobody backed down for twenty years in the struggle over school integration in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Who finally won?
When one weary woman refused to be harassed out of her seat in the bus, the whole shaky edifice of Jim Crow began to totter