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On My Dad, Freedom Summer And The Infinite Beauty Of Borrowed Time

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Reflecting on my father's Freedom Summer experience 50 years later.

Video

The 50th Anniversary Of The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

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Fifty years ago today, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were killed when the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism.

Voting Rights

The Supreme Court Just Showed Us The True Meaning Of #NewRules

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Forty-eight hours ago proud tweets from African-Americans started trickling in about how great it was that Black outrage contributed to <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2013/06/paula-deen-apology-video">Paula Deen getting fired</a>.

TV/Movies

“Betty & Coretta” Film Depicts The Lives Of Coretta Scott King & Dr. Betty Shabazz

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Lifetime movies are more of my mother and grandma's cup of tea, but the upcoming biopic Betty & Coretta may force me to violate man-law #345 for historical purposes only.

TV/Movies

Happy 87th Birthday, Malcolm X

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Photo: <a href="http://life.time.com/history/eve-arnold-malcolm-x-and-the-nation-of-islam/#3" target="_blank">Eve Arnold, LIFE</a> Long before Christopher Wallace, a man by the name of Malcolm Little - known in the hood as Detroit Red - immortalized the phrase "from ashy to classy.

VIDEOS

On Martin Luther King, The Old Man & Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There's not much else to be said about <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/dr-martin-luther-king-jr">Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a> that has yet to be mentioned in documentaries, books and news reports.

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Marilyn Monroe, The Civil Rights Movement Supporter

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Ask people what they know about Marilyn Monroe and most answers revolve around her sexual icon image, the short lived marriage to Joe DiMaggio, the most legendary <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Media/president-john-kennedy-marilyn-monroe-story-image/story?id=10792148">"Happy Birthday" performance</a> in American history to President John F.

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PoV: Rosa Parks Takes One For The Movement

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How many remember that 56 years ago today Rosa Parks said "no" and all hell broke loose in America.

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Revolutionary Loss: Fred Shuttlesworth Dies At Age 89

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L to R: Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Freedom Riders Drive For Equality

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I'm a self-admitted history nut, specifically the era of the Civil Rights Movement.




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