This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling -- in 1956 -- Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer.
Indiana's House of Representatives has approved a proposal that would place the state's gay marriage ban in the state's constitution.
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Illinois Public Media takes you back to a speech given by the father of the slain civil rights leader.
Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.
An Illinois congressman is heading to South Africa to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.
A federal court ruling means a gay couple in Chicago will be allowed to marry before the state's same-sex marriage law takes effect.
Governor Pat Quinn’s signature of the same-sex marriage measure Wednesday marks the culmination of a decades-long push in Illinois. Mary Lee Sargent helped shape that movement in Illinois as an activist and organizer in Champaign-Urbana.
John Lewis is the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive. He was just 23 years old when he addressed the crowd of more than 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago.
Thousands gathered under gray skies in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.