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The Freedom Summer of 1964 Launched a Voting Rights Revolution

Ray Uyeda Teen Vogue
June marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when more than 700 college students - whose average age was 21 - traveled mostly from the North to Mississippi to work with local Black-led organizations to support their civil rights work.

Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

John Jeremiah Sullivan The New Yorker
Rhiannon Giddens's multicultural background has presented particular challenges of self-definition. She is an artist of color who plays and records what she describes as "black non-black music," reviving a forgotten history.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the ‘Stony Road’ for Black Americans

David Luhrssen Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The highly regarded scholar's latest work tackles the deep roots of white nationalism as it emerged from conflicts surrounding Reconstruction and the failure of post-Civil War governments to stamp down racism and secure genuine emancipation.

Building Memphis For All

April Freeman and Bennett Foster interviewed by Mary Jo Connelly Organizing Upgrade
Memphis For All is fighting to build a different kind of city and state, one that is run for and by all of us. We need an economy that works for all of us, instead of one rigged for corporations; we need a legal system that treats everyone fairly...

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The Play’s the Thing

Peter Olney and Gene Bruskin Stansbury Forum
New play, about Reconstruction. This was really a turning point in US history when America almost did the right thing. The South was writing new state constitutions and African Americans were getting elected to local and national offices.

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There Is a Scottsboro in Every Country

Amanda Reid Public Books
Two books look to the histories of the Communist International and the Tricontinental movement to evaluate how organizing around color and region can effect global struggles against oppression and grow in tandem with multiracial workers’ movements.

The Greensboro Sit-In Protests, Explained

Eric Ginsburg Teen Vogue
February 1 marked the 59th anniversary of the start of the Greensboro sit-ins, a protest started in 1960 by four college students against racial segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Their actions quickly spurred a nationwide movement.

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Fighting to Vote

Michael Tomasky The New York Review of Books
As results from the recent midterm elections show and the book under review chronicles, restrictive voter identification laws, registration requirements, felon disenfranchisement and voter purges still deny millions access to the ballot box.
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