An Election Day civics lesson

On the day he was elected president, Barack Obama told his supporters that they had lifted him into office. He left out something crucial.


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.

The Martin Luther King we need

When Martin Luther King spoke at Riverside Church in April 1967, his audience did not hear the rousing cadences of the “I have a dream” speech or see the joyful vision of the future that the civil rights leader pictured at the March on Washington. In recordings, his deep voice sounds weary and filled with…