June 26, 2013 in The Daily Republic
WASHINGTON (AP) In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
April 16, 2013 in The Daily Republic
Jackie Robinson’s appearance in a major-league uniform finally put to rest a terrible era, and showed America that if blacks are equal on the playing field, they sure as heck are equal everywhere else in American life.
January 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
Thousands of people surrounded Maggie Lowery during the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965, and she remembers the day clearly: the loud roar of the crowd, people holding hands and singing, the National Guardsmen with their guns. Continue Reading
October 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic
WASHINGTON Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision. Continue Reading
October 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Civil rights leader Julian Bond will appear at the Guthrie Theater next month to examine the political themes of the new play “Appomattox.” Continue Reading
September 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition is working on a new campaign and its slogan says it all: Every North Dakotan deserves a home. Continue Reading
August 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Louis Armstrong’s surprising outburst on race relations in America while in Grand Forks for a 1957 concert should be commemorated here, a fan of the jazz great told the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday. Continue Reading
August 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic
RAPID CITY (AP) Officials at a Rapid City hospital say they are pleased but not surprised that state officials have found no evidence that the hospital mistreated a man who claims the letters “KKK” were carved into his chest during heart surgery. Continue Reading
May 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic
WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, rejecting an Alabama county’s challenge to the landmark civil rights law.
May 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez said he wishes he spent his days sitting around waiting for calls, but he said “the phone is ringing off the hook” with reports of hate crimes, human trafficking, lending biases, discrimination against people with disabilities and bullying. Continue Reading