June 13, 1995 |
Republican critics of affirmative action hailed Monday's Supreme Court decision as a mandate for even more sweeping action by Congress and vowed to press home their attack on federal programs of racial preference.
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February 7, 1997
Katherine "Kit" Tremaine, 89, an author, philanthropist and social activist who was on Richard Nixon's enemies list. During her lifetime, Tremaine donated about $30 million to Democratic political candidates and causes. She campaigned against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, standing in silent protest once a week outside the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In 1973, she learned that she was on Nixon's list because of her support of Democrats and opposition to the war.
February 20, 2013
Re "Harry Truman, Lincoln's heir," Opinion, Feb. 17 Robert Shogan is correct that President Harry S. Truman did more for the cause of African American rights than his predecessor Franklin D. Roosevelt or his successor Dwight D. Eisenhower. Yet Shogan is unfair to Lincoln's Republican successors, who had better records than Democratic presidents before Roosevelt. He quotes W.E.B. DuBois in 1922 as commenting that neither Republican nor Democratic presidential candidates were to be trusted, without noting that DuBois in 1912 made the mistake of supporting Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who segregated the federal civil service - the worst act of any post-Civil War president.
January 18, 2004 |
The names of Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph Lowery, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Hosea Williams have become synonymous with the grass-roots movement for equality that came to define their generation. This close-knit community of leaders endured bombings, beatings and arrests, sometimes witnessed by their children, who grew up on the front lines of the civil rights struggle.
January 20, 2009 |
If there was still skepticism six months ago that an African American could be elected president of the United States, imagine how unlikely the prospect felt to Nat King Cole a half-century ago when he recorded the song "We Are Americans Too." Cole's recording session came just one month after some white supremacists assaulted him on stage during a concert in April 1956 in Montgomery, Ala. He never performed another concert in the South.
February 9, 2013 |
What's remarkable about photojournalist Leonard Freed's book "This Is the Day: The March on Washington" (Getty: $29.95), a photo essay documenting the historic Aug. 28, 1963, civil-rights march, is that it includes only one photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. A wide-angle shot of the crowd gathered at the base of the Lincoln Memorial shows a barely discernible King at the podium giving his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech. Freed's "focus was on seeing the event from multiple points of view, from students to clergy to the national park rangers," said Paul Farber, instructor of urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania who worked closely with the photographer's widow, Brigitte, to select 75 images from his archive of 500 black-and-white photos (Freed died in 2006)