Tag: Civil Rights

Archived: Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Dies at 91

By Julissa Catalan Ruby Deethe actress whose career spanned over 70 years as both an award-winning film and stage star as well as a civil-rights activistdied at the age of 91 last week at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Her film credits include The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), her…

Archived: Dr. King's Dream Failing Where Racial Divides Remain

By Chris Hoenig The location was fitting. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He disappointedly looked back at the lack of progress for Black Americans over the century since Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. “One hundred years later,…

Archived: Famed Civil-Rights Attorney Demetrius Newton Dies

By Chris Hoenig Famed civil-rights attorney Demetrius Newton has died after a long illness. He was 85. When Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were arrested in Birmingham, Ala., during the civil-rights movement, they turned to Newton, then a private-practice attorney, to represent them in court. He would…

Archived: What Does Segregation Look Like Today

By Chris Hoenig When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with America 50 years ago, undisguised segregation was the norm. In schools and bathrooms, on buses and at water fountains, overt racial division was not just accepted, it was advertised. Dr. King’s goal was simple: absolute equality. “I…

Archived: The March on Washington: Then and Now

By Raymond M. Brown “We are not a pressure group, we are not an organization or a group of organizations, we are not a mob. We are the advanced guard of a massive, moral revolution for jobs and freedom.” A. Philip Randolph’s Speech to the March on Washington, Aug. 28,…