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August 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Three civil rights leaders were thrown out of City Hall on Tuesday after protesting the alleged violent arrest of a black man by two white police officers. Nine uniformed Montgomery police officers entered Mayor Bobby Bright's office at the close of city business and carried away state Sen. Charles Steele and two other civil rights activists. The three did not resist as the officers carried them down a flight of stairs and placed them on the street.
Dr. Irving Lichtenstein, renowned for revolutionizing hernia surgery and for championing civil rights and putting the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union on a sound financial footing, has died at the age of 80. Lichtenstein died Sunday of Parkinson's disease at his home in Marina del Rey, said his daughter Leslie.
December 1, 1985
Clarence Pendleton Jr., controversial chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will give the keynote address Saturday at the holiday conference and annual meeting of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California at the Canyon Hotel in Palm Springs. Pendleton, who has attacked hiring quotas as unfair to minorities and a burden on employers, has been labeled an Administration lackey by civil rights leaders.
November 29, 1987
All this hassle in regard to naming something in favor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is most interesting, and, in order to prove we're not a bunch of racists, surely we'll end up with some kind of memorial to him--though I'm not sure that will prove anything much. But since the symbol seems to be so very important I'm perturbed that there is no mention of a memorial to those women who really began the whole civil rights movement back in 1848. I want a memorial to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who organized the first Women's Rights Conference in that year as an outgrowth of the abolitionist movement, or to her cohort, Lucretia Mott.
November 6, 1995
Robert Scheer grossly misrepresented the work of the National Organization for Women and the work of a large number of feminists in his Column Left, "Who Is Left to Fight for the Poor?" (Oct. 31). He didn't have to investigate too hard to find that NOW--along with many other feminist organizations--has been fighting hard for women's economic rights. NOW in California has put the fight for welfare rights at the top of our legislative agenda for many years. As the statewide coordinator, I have testified to the White House Task Force on Welfare Reform and in countless legislative committees on welfare rights, picketed the White House, and organized demonstrations, public forums, lobbying campaigns and more.
April 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush today nominated William Lucas, a black Republican critic of affirmative action, as the Justice Department's civil rights chief, setting up a potentially bruising Senate confirmation fight. The previously announced opposition to Lucas by the NAACP, the nation's largest civil rights group, could energize liberal opposition to the nominee. NAACP Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks said in a statement Monday that Lucas is not qualified to be the government's chief enforcer of civil rights laws.
May 3, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
"Malcolm." "Reverend." Contemporary dramatists are inevitably intrigued by the "what ifs" of history, ranging from a merging of Che Guevara and Evita Peron in "Evita" to a fictional conversation between Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that forms the basis for Jeff Stetson's play, "The Meeting." The "American Playhouse" production of the latter airs at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15. Although essentially a replay of civil rights rhetoric from the 1960s, "The Meeting" is a fascinating exercise in speculative theater, featuring stellar performances by Dick Anthony Williams as Malcolm X and Jason Bernard as King in a contained environment perfect for TV. This is that fine actor Williams' third turn as Malcolm X, the first coming in the miniseries "King," the second in the Off-Broadway production of "The Meeting."
July 2, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Civil rights leaders in the Antelope Valley demanded reforms from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, claiming racially biased policing has left residents living in fear. The U.S. Department of Justice last week found that local authorities conducted a systematic effort to discriminate against African Americans who received low-income subsidized housing, and that sheriff's deputies engaged in widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force.
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