Civil rights movement

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Josephine Baker, music hall star and civil rights activist, enters Panthéon
French-American war hero is first Black woman inducted into Paris mausoleum for revered figures

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

30, Nov, 2021 @6:16 PM

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The Guardian view on Josephine Baker: a timely addition to the Panthéon | Editorial
Editorial: President Macron’s decision to honour a consummate black artist and civil rights activist sends an important message

Editorial

28, Nov, 2021 @6:25 PM

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Dancer, singer … spy: France’s Panthéon to honour Josephine Baker
The performer will be the first Black woman to enter the mausoleum, in recognition of her wartime work

Jon Henleyin Paris

28, Nov, 2021 @2:09 PM

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Plessy v Ferguson upheld segregation – now Plessy’s family seeks a pardon
125 years after the landmark ruling, Plessy and Ferguson descendants and the New Orleans district attorney are seeking a posthumous pardon

Oliver Laughland in New Orleans

12, Nov, 2021 @3:25 PM

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Civil rights pioneer wants arrest record for refusing to give up seat expunged
Claudette Colvin, 82, who refused to give way to a white person nine months before Rosa Parks, is asking a court to delete all records of the incident

Gloria Oladipo in New York

26, Oct, 2021 @2:50 PM

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‘Truth-telling has to happen’: the museum of America’s racist history
The Legacy Museum, opening in October, lands at a time when racial violence is again on the rise and critical race theory is being used to prevent America’s racist past being taught in schools

Ed Pilkington in Montgomery, Alabama

19, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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My Name Is Pauli Murray review – the legacy of a fearless campaigner
Having made pivotal early contributions to civil rights and women’s liberation, the activist gets a blander documentary than they deserve

Phuong Le

15, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Washington voting rights march marks Martin Luther King anniversary
Nearly 60 years after the I Have a Dream speech, crowds came to the capital again to protest attacks on minority rights

Ankita Rao in Washington

28, Aug, 2021 @8:25 PM

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Bob Moses obituary
American civil rights activist who brought intellectual rigour and courage to his political campaigning

Godfrey Hodgson

03, Aug, 2021 @4:20 PM

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The Great Dissenter review: a superb life of John Marshall Harlan, champion of equality
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not the only great supreme court justice to have made her name with dissent in the name of progress

John S Gardner

13, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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What’s Going On at 50: Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece is still so true to life
The unresolved, discordant elements make this album truly timeless – that, and the fact that too few of its concerns have been addressed since 1971

Emily Lordi

20, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Ground Breaking review: indispensable history of the Tulsa Race Massacre
On the centenary of the attack on ‘Black Wall Street’, one of the worst racist outrages in US history, Scott Ellsworth has produced an impeccable work

Michael Henry Adams

15, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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