March 19, 2015 -
It was 50 years ago this week that President Johnson delivered an address to Congress calling for passage of the Voting Rights Act. The speech is regarded as the best of his administration -- and one of the finest pieces of presidential oratory in history.
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 6, 2015 -
A recent report called "States of Change" produced by three national think tanks outlines 10 trends that will re-shape the American electorate, including a rise in the number of states that are majority-minority. Is your state one of the 22 expected to hit that milestone by 2060?
March 6, 2015 -
The 1965 Selma march being commemorated this weekend in Alabama helped speed passage of the Voting Rights Act -- but the landmark law is now in its most precarious position in a half-century.
January 16, 2015 -
Next week the U.S. celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It also marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that ended campaign spending limits -- and the two occasions are more closely linked than many realize.
December 18, 2014 -
After Democrats' dismal showing in the 2014 elections, some pundits were quick to blame the South -- and even called on the party to leave it behind. But here's why that would be a mistake.
November 7, 2014 -
A national hotline for voting problems reported that call volume was up significantly during this election, the first in 50 years held without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. In several Southern states, the number of voters affected by new voting restrictions exceeded the margin of victory in close races for U.S. Senate and governor.
November 4, 2014 -
Three North Carolina residents who would have been able to vote before the state's restrictive new voting law took effect -- a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a lifelong North Carolina resident, and a woman who registered to vote at the DMV -- share their stories of disenfranchisement.