Viola Liuzzo carries her shoes while walking with other civil rights activist
(Courtesy of the Liuzzo family)
August 12, 2013

Killed For Taking Part In ‘Everybody’s Fight’

In an obscure corner of Detroit, there's a battered playground honoring a civil rights martyr. It has an overgrown baseball field, some missing swings and on a broken fence, a worn, wooden sign.


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The family of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., walk in the funeral procession in Atlanta, April 9, 1968.
(Charles Tasnadi/AP)
August 11, 2013

What Happened To The Children Of Civil Rights Martyrs?

Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968, when he was assassinated. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III — "Marty" to his family and friends — the famous Dr. King was just "Daddy." And like millions of other daddies across the country, he got pestered by his kids when they wanted something.


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Jack Hansan, who made signs for the March on Washington, and his wife Ethel now live in Northern Virginia.
(Erica Yoon/NPR)
August 05, 2013

To Join ‘63 March On Washington: ‘Like Climbing A Mountain’

For the Month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capitol from all over the country for the mass demonstration.


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July 12, 2013

Alan Beaman Lawsuit Dismissed

A man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 13 years in prison and two former prosecutors all have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit in the case.


Erma Bridgewater
(Kimberlie Kranich/WILL)
June 05, 2013

Champaign Street to Be Named After Erma Bridgewater

Part of Washington Street in Champaign will be soon be named for the one of biggest names in local civil rights history. The portion between Fourth and Wright Streets will become Honorary Erma Bridgewater Way. 


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