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Stories tagged: civil rights

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Much-vandalized Emmett Till memorial replaced again in Mississippi

The cars came one by one, down a gravel road and through a cotton field, to the edge of the Tallahatchie River and the spot where, 64 years ago, historians …

Emmett Till inquiry continues; 6 other cold cases closed

The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of a black teenager that helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Idaho AG signs on in argument against LGBTQ protections

Idaho’s attorney general has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ employees against workplace discrimination.

Shawn Vestal: Longtime activist looks back on half-century of progress since Stonewall riots

Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane …

100 years ago in Spokane: Jury sides with black man who sued segregated theater

A Spokane jury a black man in Spokane a judgment of $200 after he sued the Pantages Theater for ordering him to sit in the second balcony.

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become …

Deep learning: Touring the South helps visitors delve into history of racism, civil rights

There are many reasons why someone might want to make a road tour through America’s Deep South. Aside from the food, the scenery, the music and literature, my own personal …

Author, black historian Jerrelene Williamson to receive Spokane award after lifetime of storytelling

A go-to source for reporters and others seeking the pulse of the African American community in Spokane, Jerrelene Williamson will be inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame next …

UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Senate approves day to honor farm-worker activist Huerta

Senate gives final approval to bill setting aside April 10 and Dolores Huerta Day.

100 years ago in Spokane: NAACP chapter established; health officer allows dancing again

The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Sociology professor visits SCC to explore the legacy of the ‘real’ Martin Luther King Jr.

Sociology professor Darryl Brice visited Spokane Community College on Thursday to discuss the ways in which key pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy have been omitted from public discourse.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2019

Gray, activist from lunch counter protest photo, dies at 84

A community organizer shown in an iconic photograph while challenging racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s has died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho.

UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018

Shawn Vestal: The barber, the exchange student and Spokane’s “Haircut Uproar”

On an October day in 1963, Jangaba Johnson walked into a downtown Spokane barbershop, sat down and waited for a haircut. And waited and waited.

Civil rights complaint filed in man’s deportation case

A civil rights complaint has been filed on behalf of a Vancouver man, alleging that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer eavesdropped on a courthouse conversation between the man …

UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals unmet

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the …

UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018

Civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila dead at 69

The civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila, who for decades fought discrimination in the classroom, the work place and the voting booth with groundbreaking success, has died, according to the Mexican …

UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018

McMorris Rodgers hosts Spokane faith, community leaders on Civil Rights trip to South

Members of Spokane’s black and faith communities are joining the congresswoman on a tour, led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, of several important sites during the Civil Rights movement …

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018

Billy Graham had pride and regret on civil rights issues

The Rev. Billy Graham was single-minded when he preached about God, prefacing sermon points with the phrase “The Bible says …” Yet he had a complicated role in race relations, …

Discover the historyof civil rights movement

Embark on a journey of discovery and understanding when you and your family visit the destinations and landmarks that play a part in the American civil rights story.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

Mystery shrouds New Mexico jailer’s civil rights-era murder

The murder of a Hispanic jailer in New Mexico in 1968 – a year of unrest in the United States – has long divided residents, scholars and civil rights advocates.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Spokane civil rights leaders say his lessons more relevant than ever

Some Spokane leaders say they can still hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s booming voice playing over and over in their minds. They still remember the joy and reverence he shared …

Amy Goodman: Alabama vote a lesson for Democratic Party

Social movements build power and make change, and the Democrats would be wise to heed the lessons of Alabama.

With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

Many in Mississippi’s African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum. But with President Donald Trump coming to the museum’s opening Saturday, some will skip the eagerly anticipated …

Civil rights group wants St. Louis police investigated

Civil rights advocates asked the new U.S. attorney in St. Louis on Friday to investigate allegations of police misconduct at recent protests that were sparked by the acquittal last month …

Rescued Rosa Parks house due to return to America

The house where Rosa Parks lived after sparking the Montgomery bus boycott was on a demolition list in Detroit until it was saved by Parks’ niece and a Berlin-based artist, …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. statue unveiled in Atlanta

A statue paying tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been installed on the state Capitol grounds in Atlanta.

Shawn Vestal: No compassion visible in imperious judgment of transgender people

A column in last Saturday’s newspaper stated that transgender identity was neither normal or acceptable. That’s a lie. Or perhaps lie isn’t the right word – it’s probably not a …

100 years ago in Spokane: Tuberculosis, family farms among reasons for Spokane’s low acceptance rate in World War I draft

The Spokesman-Review published current numbers from the Spokane County draft board.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP tackles nonexistent problem

A little context is critical here. It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. …

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Education official apologizes anew, this time to victims

The Education Department’s top civil rights official’s “flippant” remarks are raising questions about the government’s commitment to fighting campus sexual violence, even as she issued her second apology in as …