This female crusading scalawag

For supporting the civil rights movement, Mississippi newspaper publisher Hazel Brannon Smith endured more than 20 years of violence, ostracism and economic strangulation, and became the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.


Where were you in May, 1970?

I wonder how many other people paused last Sunday to remember where they were 10 years ago on May 4, and recall what they were doing;. I was walking through Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley when an acquaintance from countless demonstrations walked up to me. He was crying.…

Giuliani time

In a city where racial divisions are an open sore as raw as anywhere in the country, New York's mayors are doomed to be defined by racial strife. Howard Beach summed up the years of coded insults directed at the city's black and Latino residents during the Koch years. Crown Heights fixed an image of…