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  • Amelia-boynton-robinson-v2
    Amy Goodman interviewed civil rights luminaries at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, including 103-year-old Amelia Boynton Robinson, who held President Obama’s hand as they marched on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Robinson played a key role in organizing the march and invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Selma in 1965. "If you are not a registered voter and you are 18 years of age, you are a hopeless people. Definitely...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Bernice-king-selma50
    Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was confronted by Alabama state troopers as he led a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This weekend, his daughter Bernice King was escorted across the bridge by an African-American state trooper. "The contrast between then and now is phenomenal, but the reality is we are at a crossroads," King says. She argues voting rights that were won in 1965 have since been gutted,...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
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    As thousands gather to mark a pivotal moment that prompted Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we speak with U. W. Clemon, Alabama’s first African-American federal judge. He says the current U.S. Supreme Court is "amorous of state rights, which we thought we had fought a great Civil War over, thought we had settled that issue," and argues this is a dangerous trend that has allowed states to enact new restrictions on...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • John-lewis-selma50
    John Lewis was a young organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when he marched with 600 others across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. On Saturday, he returned to Alabama as a Democratic congressman from Georgia to introduce President Obama during the ceremonies commemorating Bloody Sunday, when Lewis and other voting rights activists were beaten by Alabama state troopers. "On that day, 600 people marched into...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Obama-selma50
    President Obama spoke on Saturday in Selma, Alabama, near the Edmund Pettus Bridge where civil rights activists led three marches 50 years ago to demand equal voting rights. "The idea of a just America and a fair America, an inclusive America, and a generous America — that idea ultimately triumphed," Obama said. "Because of what they did, the doors of opportunity swung open not just for black folks, but for every American....
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Diane-nash-selma50-bush
    One notable civil rights activist who did not take part in this weekend’s commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma was Diane Nash, who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She spoke at an event honoring civil rights foot soldiers and explained her opposition was based on the participation of former President George W. Bush. "The Selma movement stands for nonviolence and peace and...
    March 09, 2015 | Story
  • Avaduvernaydemocracynow
    On the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march known as "Bloody Sunday," watch our interviews with Rep. John Lewis, who helped organize the march as a young civil rights activist; and with "Selma" director Ava Duvernay.
    March 04, 2015 | Web Exclusive
  • Blog-harvest-of-empire-migration-juan-gonzalez
    The American Library Association has released its list of Notable Videos for Adults — 15 "outstanding" films from the past two years. Included in the list is "Harvest of Empire," based on the groundbreaking book of the same name by Democracy Now! co-host Juan González. The Oscar-nominated documentary "Dirty Wars," based on the book by investigative journalist and former Democracy Now! producer Jeremy...
    March 06, 2015 | Web Exclusive
  • Johnlewisselmabloodysunday
    Thousands of people are expected to travel to Selma, Alabama, this weekend for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when hundreds of peaceful voting rights activists were attacked by police crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they attempted to march to Montgomery on March 7, 1965. Bloody Sunday was the first of three attempted marches from Selma to Montgomery, which was finally completed under federal protection and led by Dr....
    March 06, 2015 | Story
  • 2015-0305_antonio-yarbough
    Watch Part 2 of our interview with Tom Robbins of The Marshall Project and former Attica prisoner Antonio Yarbough about "Attica’s Ghosts," a savage beating, a culture "beyond repair."
    March 05, 2015 | Web Exclusive