civil rights

  • Confronting the Living History of the Civil Rights Struggle (Video)

    by André Robert Lee

    In this video, we meet Sylvester, a man born and raised in the same town where Emmett Till was tortured and lynched. His story, his connection to the land and the people, and his recollection of that fateful event compels us to bear witness.

  • A 1960s Lawsuit Against the KKK Can Help Protect Elections in 2020

    The precedent means that election authorities have a positive obligation to alleviate conditions that could make voters afraid to cast a ballot. In the 1960s, that meant the Klan. Under COVID, it could mean crowded polls, long lines, or the lack of means to vote by mail. 

  • The End of Black Politics

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The 1960s generation of Black protest demanded a stronger presence in local government. The current protest movement recognizes that presence isn't enough; leaders must advance an agenda that serves their least advantaged constituents. 

  • Respectability and Remembrance: The Continued Condemnation of Black Resistance

    by Anne Stokes

    Addressing the full depth of racism and white supremacy in America requires understanding the limits of the non-violent civil rights movements, and the necessity of armed self-defense for African Americans against the violence perpetrated or instigated by whites — including the police — throughout American history.

  • The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

    by Keisha N. Blain

    The prominence of black women in today's protests is not a sudden development. In taking to the streets in support of their goals, they are building upon a rich tradition of black women’s organizing.

  • Violence As A Form Of Protest

    Professor of Africana Studies Kellie Carter Jackson speaks with WBUR on the relationship between violence and protest; a relationship which goes back to the Boston Massacre.