civil rights

Things You Might Not Know About MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayAug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, for many people, the day is intensely personal. Historic images and audio from Martin Luther King Jr.’s electrifying address I recently talked with some of those who were there that steamy day a half-century ago. (Here’s the story I wrote about them for the AARP Bulletin.) Among them: a woman who, as a young girl, was captured in a photograph that has …

Supreme Court Again Chips Away at Protection From Discrimination

Posted on 06/24/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsLet’s say that my boss decides I’m too old to do my job, blogging about stuff. By law, he couldn’t fire me because of my age. But he’d still like to find a way to get rid of me. He stops giving me assignments, and tells everyone it’s because I’m old and slow. I complain to him and others about his unequal treatment, and in retaliation, he moves me to the group that waters our plants. I quit and sue. …

How Far Will Protection From Discrimination Slip?

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA case argued this month before the U.S. Supreme Court could make it more difficult to win discrimination suits, four years after another decision greatly weakened the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The current case is about national origin, not age, but groups, including AARP, have filed “friend of the court” briefs because they see important civil rights issues in play. (Update: Read our post on the Court’s decision, June 24, 2013) In University of Texas Southwestern Medical …

James Hood: 5 Facts About a Civil Rights Hero

Posted on 01/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyA half-century ago, George Wallace became famous — some might say infamous — for his pledge, as the governor of Alabama, to “stand in the schoolhouse door” if necessary to prevent African-Americans from getting an education in the same classrooms as whites, even if it meant defying President John F. Kennedy and the federal courts. While Wallace’s bluster made the headlines and history books, sadly, less attention has been paid to the object of his antipathy: James A. Hood, who, …

At Inauguration, Hopes for a Second-Term Agenda

Posted on 01/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMilitary heroes, children of immigrants and all manner of older Americans brought their cold-weather gear and their hopes for the country to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday. Karen Narasaki, 54, is hoping to see immigration reform, an issue she says is critical for the nation’s older Americans. “Their children are the workers who are going to be supporting the Social Security system.” Narasaki, whose parents were Japanese-born U.S. citizens who were placed in internment camps during …

For Myrlie Evers-Williams, and the Nation, a Landmark Moment

Posted on 01/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhen Myrlie Evers-Williams steps to the microphone Monday to give the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, she brings her own significant career along with her place in history as the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. She raised her children, who were home the night their father was gunned down just steps from his front door. She fought for justice that took too many years to come. (White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted more than …