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John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, and Their Fellow Freedom Riders Are Celebrated in 'Breach of Peace'

John Lewis and C.T. Vivian were titans of the Civil Rights struggle, but they are far from alone in fighting for change. Eric Etheridge's masterful then-and-now project, Breach of Peace, tells the stories of many of the Freedom Riders.

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Jim Marshall: Photographs and Legends

From civil rights protests to the greatest rock festivals, the tender and fierce perspective of a classic American photographer is captured in Chronicle Books' Jim Marshall: Show Me the Picture.

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'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom' Is as Monumental as the Man It Chronicles

Noted historian David W. Blight offers readers the fullest portrait of Frederick Douglass yet in this "biography of a voice".

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Timuel Black Tells His Remarkable South Side Chicago Story in 'Sacred Ground'

The esteemed oral historian, Timuel Black, turns the microphone around to capture his amazing journey through 20th Century black America in Sacred Ground.

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'May We Forever Stand' Explains Why "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Is an Immortal Song

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" has been embedded in black America's DNA for more than 100 years. We've sung it every February ever since Black History Month was a thing, and every December since Kwanzaa was a thing.

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On a Turning Point for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Biographer Patrick Parr takes readers through a vital and decisive phase of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life virtually unexplored by other biographers.

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'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty' Memoir Rejects Hagiography

In Kate Hennessy, a cautious voice emerges over the pious chatter about her famous grandmother, activist Dorothy Day.

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Historian Martin Duberman Puts Us to Task with 'Has the Gay Movement Failed?'

Has the "gay movement" failed? Not yet, suggests this historian's survey. But it urgently needs to reinvent itself.

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Daryle Lamont Jenkins of Antifa Doc 'Alt-Right: Age of Rage' Isn't Waiting for Approval

Jenkins, founder of One Peoples Project, tells PopMatters that contrary to the fear many Americans feel, it's actually life-affirming to talk about fascism and racism.

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'The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.'

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a monolith of a man in his time and remains so today. But he was also a rebel, a necessary disrupter, a thorn in the feet of all who stood in his way.

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'Soul of a Nation' and 'The Wall of Respect' Prompt New Looks at Cutting-edge Black Art

No matter where you are on the wokeness spectrum, the Black Power era has yet to stop informing.

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Louise Thompson Patterson and the Long Tradition of Radical Struggle

Reading the struggle of Patterson and her comrades a century ago reminds us that today's racist violence is not a temporary aberration but a deeply rooted and pervasive flaw in American society.

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'Blood at the Root' and the Cultivation of Racial Hatred in America

The story of Georgia's all-white Forsyth County and how they made it that way.

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James Baldwin Matters

There's a reason why Ta-Nehesi Coates is often compared to James Baldwin, and there's a reason why Baldwin's work is so relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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'The Force' Explores The Complexities of Law Enforcement Reform

The Force, which details the Oakland Police Department's recent reform efforts, is best viewed as a complementary work to prior Black Lives Matter documentaries, such 2017's Whose Streets? and The Blood Is at the Doorstep.

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In 'The Blood is at the Doorstep', a Family Suffers From an Intransigent Criminal Justice System

Erik Ljung's work is an auspicious cinematic debut which reminds that for every criminal justice statistic, there's a stirring story which deserves to be deeply considered.

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Conscience of Congress John Lewis Hopes You'll 'Get in the Way' of Things

Lewis’s lifelong philosophy on civil disobedience is admirable and urgent. Interview with Get in the Way Director, Kathleen Dowdey.

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Andre Cymone: Black Man in America

Former Prince collaborator Andre Cymone delivers a deftly executed and sobering set of protest songs for the modern age with Black Man in America.

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The Real Walking Dead: Joshua M. Price's 'Prison and Social Death'

This book is about society. Shifting the focus from the individual (crime) to the social (punishment) is not so much a political choice as it is an ethical imperative.

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Paul Robeson, the FBI, MI5, and the State Department

Paul Robeson was a powerful singer and orator whose towering intellect and strong beliefs in the dignity of all mankind may have cost him his reputation and career.

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AIF Docs 2013: 'American Revolutionary' + 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

American Revolutionary and The Trials of Muhammad Ali are both portraits of civil rights icons, people as well as symbols of struggles that continue.

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Civil Unrest, Panel by Panel

Writer Mark Long reconstructs childhood memories to depict Houston's monumental and harrowing events in a black & white graphic novel called The Silence of Our Friends.

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'Thurgood' Features Laurence Fishburne at the Top of His Game, but Without a Script to Match

The result of a bland script is a character who, for all the vivacity in Fishburne's performance, has little more to offer than one of the animatronics from Disneyland's Hall of Presidents.

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Clipping all the difference(s) into patterns of hierarchy all around!

Arg! And here I was just sifting through the current news, looking for health care coverage, but got assaulted with this crap in the headlines.

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What It'd Be Like to Tweet, FB-Update or Podcast Live from the 1963 March on Washington

Digitizing revolutions: The Negro still is not free [‘My lord’ a sister can be heard saying, and you can almost see her gleaming from sweat, fanning herself and shaking her head side to side with her eyes firmly fixed on Dr. King].

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Kinship & Collective Fate in Heroes

Each one, teach one goes the ole African adage. This gets reflected in many unconventional ways in Heroes.

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Courting Equality by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn

The gay community is by no means united on the importance or prioritization of marriage rights.

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Billy Jack, the Original Blockbuster

Through the era-defining "Billy Jack" character, director Tom Laughlin pushed the outlandish, over-the-top event movie into the motion picture mainstream.

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