Civil rights movement

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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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MacKenzie Scott beneficiaries include food banks and tribal colleges
Scott’s funds also benefited civil rights groups and disability services

Mark Sweney

16, Dec, 2020 @2:32 PM

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Minnijean Brown-Trickey: the teenager who needed an armed guard to go to school
As one of the Little Rock Nine, she was just 16 years old when she defied racist mobs at the school gates. But, once inside, even the army could not protect her from the hatred of fellow pupils. She looks back on an extraordinary life

Kehinde Andrews

26, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Trump's defeat – and the death throes of the Civil War
The long read: How Republicans applied old school racism to new demographics, and lost

Gary Younge

17, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The Dead Are Arising by Les Payne and Tamara Payne review – the radical ascent of Malcolm X
A compelling picture of Malcolm X’s journey from delinquent to revolutionary has a clarity that speaks volumes in the age of BLM

Colin Grant

03, Nov, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Ten black history events that should be taught to every pupil
Black History Month is a chance to introduce forgotten historical episodes into the curriculum, from the British black panthers to the Bristol bus boycott

Lucy Campbell

11, Oct, 2020 @1:53 PM

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