civil rights

  • We Don’t Need Bill Clinton’s History Of Civil Rights

    by Erik Loomis

    Bill Clinton decided to use John Lewis’ funeral to take a shot at Stokely Carmichael. The last thing we need is whites to use such opportunities to tell histories of the civil rights movements that are used to make them feel comfortable.

  • Dropping ‘Pettus’ Is a Bridge Too Far

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Advocates of renaming the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for John Lewis are disregarding Lewis's published thoughts on the subject. 

  • Patience Is a Dirty Word

    by Ibram X. Kendi

    On August 28, 1963, many Americans were not ready to hear John Lewis speak about completing the revolution of 1776. Are Americans ready for the message the 23-year-old Lewis offered now?

  • Why John Lewis Matters—Now More Than Ever

    The book and the documentary Good Trouble serve as twin cultural epitaphs for a man widely adored and perpetually being reimagined, discovered, and studied.

  • 'The Clock is Ticking': White House under Pressure to Reopen Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases

    The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board was established by Congress in January 2019. Now nominees for the board named by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Bar Association are being "vetted" by the White House, raising concerns about partisan interference.

  • Remembering John Lewis

    by Nicolaus Mills

    How long Lewis expected America to take before it woke up he did not say, but as he showed both in the 1960s and in a political career as a Georgia Congressman that began in 1987 and lasted until his death, Lewis did not tire when change did not go as he wanted.

  • The United States Needs a Third Reconstruction

    by Wilfred Codrington III

    At two previous moments, the federal government has responded to the unavoidable reality that racism subverts democracy, but has allowed two periods of national reconstruction to be undermined and demolished. We need a Third Reconstruction and need to make it stick.