Civil rights movement

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Counter Histories: Rock Hill review – landmark segregation protest gets muddled documentary
Directorial tricks lessen the impact of this film assessing a key moment in the US civil rights struggle

Phuong Le

24, Apr, 2021 @6:03 PM

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‘It would be glorious’: hopes high for Biden to nominate first Black woman to supreme court
Activists welcome stated intent to fulfil campaign promise and finally elevate a judge ‘that really understands racism’

Tom McCarthy

20, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The invention of whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea
The long read: Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world

Robert P Baird

20, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Judas and the Black Messiah review – truly gripping Black Panther drama
Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield give award-worthy performances as party leader Fred Hampton and the man who betrayed him

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

14, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Ireland 1921: how republicans used their whiteness to win freedom
Nationalist leaders tried to exploit what they had in common with their racist oppressors: the colour of their skin

Maurice Walsh

28, Feb, 2021 @10:15 AM

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Claudette Colvin: the woman who refused to give up her bus seat – nine months before Rosa Parks
It was a spring afternoon in 1955 when a teenager’s spontaneous act of defiance changed US history. Why did it take 40 years for her to get any credit?

Oliver Laughland

25, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Archie Shepp on jazz, race and freedom: 'Institutions continue to abuse power'
At 83, the saxophonist has somewhat mellowed his funkily avant-garde music – but his anger at the racial injustice he has fought all his life remains undimmed

Lanre Bakare

24, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The Rope review: Ida Wells, the NAACP and a slim thread to a murder
Alex Tresniowski’s story of a 19th-century Rosa Parks would have worked perfectly well without a detour to New Jersey

Charles Kaiser

20, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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MLK/FBI review – startling study of the war against Martin Luther King
This documentary throws the bureau’s appalling dirty-tricks campaign into sharp focus but is frustratingly reticent on other, more contentious issues

Peter Bradshaw

14, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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One Night in Miami review – Regina King’s electrifying directorial debut
An imagined conversation between young black trailblazers Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke when they met in 1964 speaks powerfully to the present

Simran Hans

10, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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'Being black in America requires emotional aerobics': Regina King on 'powder keg' movie One Night in Miami
The Oscar-winning Beale Street actor on success and her sharply topical feature debut, a civil rights-era film that coincided with the explosive rise of Black Lives Matter

Steve Rose

08, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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John Lewis remembered by Bryan Stevenson
The US lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative pays tribute to the pioneering US civil rights leader and congressman

17, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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