Governor George Wallace stands defiant in an attempt to block the integration of the University of Alabama, June 11, 1963.
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A demagogue playing the media to legitimise extreme movements and radical right-wing causes? The US has been here before.
A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
The Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate U.S. public schools sparked protests across the country. This one took place in Louisville, Kentucky, 1956.
A mostly white community in Alabama is being allowed to secede from its mostly black school district. Parents are claiming school quality is at stake, but is it really just segregation in disguise?
Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The national pastime is more than just a sport. In this roundup, we feature stories about baseball's relationship to race, politics, the media and health.
Two U.S. soldiers on Easter morning, 1945.
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
Rosa Parks is fingerprinted by police after refusing to give up her seat.
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How far we've really come since two very different individuals took a stand against racism 60 years ago.
And it's largely to do with sex, death and moving house.
Mixed neighbourhoods won't necessarily make people friendlier.
A Halloween gathering in Los Angeles for children who live on the street, in shelters or in cars.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
The Cannon Street All-Stars watch from the stands at the 1955 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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Charleston's Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars thought they'd have a chance to compete for a spot in the coveted Little League World Series. But South Carolina's Little League director had other ideas.
The 'Jesus' controversy is often considered a watershed moment in the Beatles’s career. And yet it remains largely misunderstood.
Apartheid sought to divide blacks and whites in all spheres of life.
The rhetoric of racial purity is full of suggestive terms like illness, weakening and dilution. These imply the medicalisation of the nation.
Some economic models tell us that segregation is inevitable. Is it really?
Segregation is a major concern for many British people - but there's not as much evidence for it as you might think.
Who is responsible for today’s campus troubles?
On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, five educators reflect on recent campus protests and describe concrete actions universities can take to bring opportunity to all.
The flag comes down for the last time.
Symbols can unite and divide. How religion helped turn division over the Confederate flag into consensus.
Faith schools have come under fire, but banning them isn’t the answer.
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Including faith schools as part of a broader network is a surer way of bringing communities closer together.
Through his music, Lead Belly rejected the stereotype that country music was the domain of white artists, while blues music was reserved for blacks.
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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection depicts the fully-formed artist – a blues musician, yes, but also a performer of string-band, country and pop songs.
Sicily 1943: whose blood was this US soldier getting?
In December 1941, a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II, a Detroit mother named Sylvia Tucker visited her local Red Cross donor center to give blood. Having…