Civil Rights

When did Martin Luther King Jr die?

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the third Monday in January. In 2018, many are also taking time in April to reflect on King's accomplishments and contributions to modern society on the 50th anniversary of his death. When did...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 1:06pm

Students honor MLK with march as part of ‘a new revolution’

While many kids in New York City will surely revel in the day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 22 eighth-graders will not only honor his legacy with a march on the Upper West Side, they’ll also speak out about current civil justice issues. Monday’s march is planned by the oldest...

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:15am

Most New Yorkers support athletes kneeling during national anthem: Poll

President Donald Trump’s fellow New Yorkers do not agree with his stance on athletes kneeling during the national anthem, a new poll from Siena College found. The Albany-based school surveyed 789 registered voters on a number of issues and discovered that 60 percent of respondents support...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:47am

Here's how Trump is rolling back Obama policies on immigration, education and civil rights

As the Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, the program became the latest target on a hit list of Obama-era programs President Donald Trump has been undoing since taking the Oval Office in January. In undoing his...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:26am

A Black Lives Matter founder on its evolution, future — and Trump

In four years, Black Lives Matter went from a hashtag about social injustice to a full-fledged global civil rights movement. Metro spoke with Patrisse Cullors, who cofounded Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013, about its evolution, fighting racism in the age of Trump, her...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:00am

LGBT teacher of the year’s fierce photo next to Trump goes viral

Rhode Island’s teacher of the year is earning applause for a particularly fierce display of his LGBT pride during a photo-op with the president and first lady. The photo that commemorates 29-year-old Nikos Giannopoulos’ visit to the Oval Office in April shows the professionally-clad...

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:40pm

MBTA police brutality lawsuit to bring more transparency, improvements

A lawsuit brought by a Roxbury woman who was brutally beaten at the hands of MBTA officers in 2014 after she tried to intervene in a situation where she saw police abusing another woman will result in policy changes and more transparency at the MBTA. In March 2014, Mary Holmes was at the Dudley...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:05pm

Florida high school student posts ‘Slaves for Sale’ ad on Craigslist

A high school senior who allegedly posted a Craigslist ad featuring “two slaves for sale“ has been suspended after a photo of the post went viral. The unidentified student took a photo of two black female classmates in a classroom and posted the photo under the headline, “Two...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:44am

Boston raises flag in support of LGBTQ community as anti-transgender bus rolls into town

As a bus touting an anti-transgender message rolled into Boston Thursday, a flag affirming the city's support of the LGBTQ community went up at city hall.The “Free Speech Bus” as it is called by organizers has been taking its anti-LGBTQ message on an East Coast tour, making stops in Washington,...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:37pm

Ex-NAACP head Rachel Dolezal is ‘unapologetically black’ in new memoir

Remember Rachel Dolezal, the controversial former NAACP activist who identifies as black though she was born white?She’s back — and she’s penned a memoir. “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World” comes out next week, and in it, Dolezal details her “oppressive” upbringing in...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 5:49pm

Before Eric Garner’s fatal chokehold, NYPD officer had history of complaints, leaked documents reveal

The NYPD officer who used a department-banned chokehold during the 2014 arrest that resulted in Eric Garner’s death had a history of prior complaints, according to leaked documents obtained by ThinkProgress.Daniel Pantaleo had seven disciplinary complaints and 14 allegations before the fatal Eric...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:47pm

In honor of International Women’s Day, the words of 10 strong women

On a day when women are encouraged to stay home from work and rally as part of both International Women’s Day and #DayWithoutAWoman, we must pay homage to the women who came before.Long before there were pink knitted "pussy hats," these women fought for their gender — and their race. Because of...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:37pm

Anti-abortion protests planned in more than 200 cities nationwide

More than 200 rallies around the country are planned for Saturday with a singular mission: Defunding Planned Parenthood.Organized by #ProtestPP, a coalition of anti-abortion groups that want to reallocate Planned Parenthood’s funding toward health centers that don’t perform abortions, these...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 3:32pm

'March Against Discrimination' in Philly Thursday takes aim at Trump

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets of Philadelphia on Thursday to protest against several of President Donald Trump's executive orders they call discriminatory.The March Against Discrimination starts at 6 p.m. outside the Fox 29 station in Old City, and will move down Market...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 8:30pm

PHOTOS: Thousands march through Boston after inauguration

Crowds packed Boston CommonSaturday to march in support of rights for minority groups, including women, immigrants, members of the LGBT community and people of color.An estimated 170,000 people rallied peaceably as part of the Boston Women's March for Americathe day after President Donald Trump...

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:45pm

Women's march against Trump swamps Washington streets, subway (live stream)

Large crowds of women, many wearing bright pink knit hats, poured into downtown Washington by bus, train and car on Saturday for a march in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump only a day after the Republican took office.The Washington event was expected to be the largest of a series of...

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:16pm

15 powerful Martin Luther King Jr. quotes for MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. is possibly best known for his electrifying "I Have a Dream" speech, made during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But the civil rights activist and religious leader spoke on more than racial equality. King's books, essays and speeches dealtwith peaceful...

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:21am

MLK Weekend: Southern town renames day, Trump blasts civil rights leader

The weekend before the nation honors the birth of an iconic leader in the civil rights movement, President-elect Donald Trump ranted about another such leader and a Mississippi town tried to rename the day.In a since-deleted tweet that was captured by a local TV station on Friday, the city of...

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:16am

Violent crime drops, while hate-crime escalates

Violent crime in Philadelphia dropped to the lowest level in more than three decades, according to police, but Nazi-relatedvandalism, anti-Donald Trumpvandalismandreports of hateful actsin the weeks that followed Election Day descended like a plague upon the city.The number of reported violent...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 2:04pm

Activists demand action on 'Tuesdays with Toomey'

Struggling to project her voice over persistent taxi horns and far-off sirens blaring through Center City, Sarah Roberts kept the megaphone close to her mouth.Perhaps it was her nerves — this was Roberts' first time addressing a crowd through a bullhorn — or maybe the biting cold weather that left...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am