Race and Civil Rights

Reparations and a conversation about America's redemption

April 1, 2015 - Last week, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic and several scholars gathered at Duke University to discuss reparations and the moral debt the U.S. owes to African Americans for centuries of oppression. While resistance to reparations is great, the panelists discussed why a serious consideration of them could transform the country.

Elders of the movement

March 25, 2015 - The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has launched a "Southern Voices" oral history project to capture the stories of Southern leaders working for social and economic justice. The first installment focuses on elders of the movement who continue to work for the cause today.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight to restore the Voting Rights Act

March 20, 2015 - Passed after the infamous "Bloody Sunday" attack on civil rights protesters in Alabama in 1965, the Voting Rights Act successfully blocked hundreds of potentially discriminatory election changes -- until the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in 2013. There's an effort underway in Congress to fix the hobbled law, but what are its chances of passing?

Selma, behind the scenes

March 9, 2015 - Selma today is a struggling, majority-black city that embodies the conflicted legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. Join us as we visit a whites-only country club, a Confederate memorial, an imperiled river, and a church that helped birth the Black Power movement.

From Selma to sorrow

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.