WASHINGTON – In 1965, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama was a hotbed for social protest and bred students passionate about equality, justice and civil rights. Seventeen year-old, Ruby Sales, born in Jemison, Ala., was one of those students.
"Once you got the religion of civil rights and you were really in the movement, it was hard to turn around, because there was something about it that wouldn't let you loose," said Sales.
She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and when youngsters from Lowndes County, Ala., called on the group to help organize demonstration for back payment for sharecroppers and a voting drive, Sales, a sophomore, knew that she had to go.
(NEWSONE) – Taking advantage of the friendly crowd at Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network Conference, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson publicly responded to Dr. Cornel West's jabs against him.
Speaking on the state of black intellectualism, Dyson not only accused West of having a huge ego, he also informed his dear brother that he "ain't that important":
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A 73-year-old man accused of killing three people outside of Jewish sites near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism and racism, NBC News reports, citing law enforcement officials.
The man, Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Mo., allegedly shot a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in a parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus in Overland Park, Kan., the news site says. He then proceeded several blocks away to shoot a woman at a retirement community, the report says.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, says Cross is also known as Glenn Miller or Frazier Glenn Miller, and is the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he founded in the 1980s.
AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a "nation scandal" that deserves immediate action.
Bush, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama addressed a three-day summit here last week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas.
Speaking at the closing session Thursday, Bush said: "According to the most recent testing, the average reading score for a white student at age 13 is about the same as an African-American at age 17 – that's a four-year, four-grade achievement gap. In an economy where higher skills are ever more necessary, that is scandalous. In a nation dedicated to equal opportunity, that is scandalous. Among the political heirs of King and Johnson and Dirksen and Humphrey, this should be a national scandal, demanding action."
Just a day after his speech reflecting on the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which he credited with paving the way for his historic presidency – President Obama told modern-day civil rights activists that the gains of the last 50 years are at risk of being dismantled by Republican efforts to limit access to the ballot.
"The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago," he said in remarks at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in New York City.
Obama cited recent restrictive voting legislation requiring additional identification, closing polls on Sunday, and creating hurdles for overseas soldiers and married women who have changed their last names. These Republican-led changes – which, he reminded the audience, have often by inspired by explicitly partisan aims – "harm the entire country," he said.
Former president Jimmy Carter is never shy about speaking his mind on modern politics.
And in a no holds barred interview with Salon, the "Man from Plains" spoke plainly about why a generation of white men have solidly embraced the Republican Party in multiple elections.
"It's race. That's been prevalent in the South.... Ever since Nixon ran — and ever since Johnson didn't campaign in the deep South, the Republicans have solidified their hold there," he said.
Federal election monitors for the May 6th election?
The Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. is pushing a request to the U.S. Department of Justice and Ninth District Congressman Steve Cohen is using his access to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to press the case.
Meanwhile, Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Robert Meyers said Wednesday that election monitors would be freely welcomed, if ordered.