civil rights movement

Faith's social mandate

September 25, 2015 - This week marks the first visit to the U.S. by Pope Francis, who interprets the Bible as a handbook for social justice and calls the faithful to do likewise. In the latest installment of Southern Voices, we look at how religion has influenced Southern social justice leaders and their organizations.

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina

August 12, 2015 - An N.C. State University professor has restored old reel-to-reel tapes from a public library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, proving that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first uttered his renowned "I Have A Dream" refrain in the eastern North Carolina city in 1962, nine months before his historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

As black churches burn, federal officials seek to calm worried congregations

July 3, 2015 - Following the shooting deaths of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by a white supremacist, fires have been reported at seven black churches across the South, with three of the cases ruled arson. With anxiety gripping congregations, federal officials convened a national discussion this week to calm fears and encourage houses of worship to draw up emergency plans.