civil rights

Setting the Record Straight

Reading Time: 7 minutesCritics charge that the recent campaign to remove statues of Confederate Civil War figures is an exaggerated tempest over nothing. It is not. A few Confederate statues of individuals that most of the public would probably have difficulty recognizing are not the main problem, however.

MLK: What He Meant to the US and What the US Did to Him

Reading Time: 3 minutesWithout Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the United States would certainly look different than it does today. Yet, in spite of being one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century and helping the US become more just, much of the shameful injustice that his country perpetrated against him remains hidden. 

Why Segregation Persists 50 Years After Fair Housing Act

As with most achievements of the civil rights era, the legacy of the Fair Housing Act, which turned 50 on Wednesday, is equivocal. Housing segregation has improved over the years, but the advances are a far cry from the grandiose promises made in 1968. “Fair housing for all — all human beings who live in this country — is now a part of the American way of life,” President Lyndon B.

How the FBI Used a Famous Black Photographer to Spy on Martin Luther King

Long-time Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia spent years investigating the story of how a famous African American photographer, with remarkable access, played a key role in the civil rights movement, all while being an informant for the FBI.Ernest Withers’s photography captured some of the most stunning moments of the civil rights era: including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, AL, and the blood flowing into King’s room from the balcony at the Lorraine Motel, where he was assassinated.

What Could Have Been — JFK in His Own Words

It is a big year for those interested in the mysteries that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on this day in 1963 still poses. WhoWhatWhy has been a leader on this subject and our team of experts will spend this day &; as it has so many others &; scouring the newly released documents for interesting information.

The South’s Monumental History Lesson

One of the arguments offered by those fighting the removal of confederate statues is that it would be tantamount to “erasing history.” Instead of tributes to heroes of the confederacy, they claim, these statues are actually monuments that teach us about the evil of slavery. Once they are gone, these lessons would supposedly be lost.

#BlackLivesMatter: A Necessary Movement Or The Revival Of Violent Black Nationalism?

There have been many different social movements that have sparked controversy throughout the history of the United States. The recent movement has received plenty of time in the limelight, and now is a good time to evaluate its worth and impact.

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"Painting himself as the beneficiary of the NAACP%uFFFDs work, Obama cited historical figures from W.E.B. DuBois to Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. to Emmet Till, to explain how the path to the presidency was cleared by visionaries," Associated Press reported. All that is true, of course.