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.
June 22, 2015 -
Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof embraced the flags of white-supremacist regimes that did not exist in his lifetime. This is no ordinary racial bias: Someone had to teach him these elaborated historical traditions.
June 18, 2015 -
The massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church calls to mind the long history of racially-motivated attacks on black congregations in the South, including a wave of church-burnings in the 1990s. The man arrested in the Charleston killings appears to share at least some aspects of the profile of the typical church arsonist.
March 9, 2015 -
Viola Liuzzo died for her convictions in the 1960s freedom movement, and is the only white woman honored on the Civil Rights Memorial. But few know her story -- and why authorities conspired to keep her from being known as a hero.
March 8, 2013 -
A story in a 1977 issue of Southern Exposure reported on how in the midst of the Great Depression Jessie Daniel Ames organized a mass "revolt against chivalry" that linked the anti-lynching campaign with the struggle for sexual emancipation. We share it today in honor of International Women's Day.
October 29, 2012 -
The authors of the 1968 Fair Housing Act wanted to reverse decades of government-fostered segregation. But presidents from both parties declined to enforce a law that stirred vehement opposition.
October 1, 2012 -
Today marks 50 years since James Meredith became the first black person to enter the University of Mississippi, sparking a riot that some have called "the last battle of the Civil War." Now 80, he has continued to baffle admirers and detractors throughout his life.
August 30, 2011 -
Stetson Kennedy passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27. He was 94 years old. Stetson died peacefully in the presence of his beloved wife, Sandra Parks, at Baptist Medical Center South in St.
July 19, 2005 -
From an exchange during the testimony of Klansman Virgil Griffin at the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings (unofficially transcribed at Chewie World Order; this excerpt is unedited):