civil rights

Pushed Out of the Workplace

Posted on 02/27/2014 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsHave you ever felt like an employer was holding your age against you? If so, you aren’t alone. In these tough economic times, more and more Americans believe they are facing age-based discrimination at the office. In fact, a 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, a whopping 92 percent said it was very or somewhat common. Nearly 20 percent of the …

Mildred Loving: She Blazed a Trail for Marriage Equality

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn 1964, Mildred Loving wrote a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy that she couldn’t have realized at the time would launch a campaign for marriage equality that continues 50 years later. In her letter, Loving asked Kennedy if the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might be the vehicle that allow her and her husband to return to their home state of Virginia, from which they had been banished for the “crime” of being married. Slide show: 10 women …

T. Thomas Fortune: He Paved the Way for Civil Rights Organizers

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Your LifeW.E.B. Du Bois. Mary McLeod Bethune. Stokely Carmichael. Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr. These are names of civil rights leaders you’re likely to hear during Black History Month. But here’s one you may not: T. Thomas Fortune. You might say that Fortune was the forefather of civil rights organizers. In 1890, he founded the National Afro-American League, the precursor to a host of groups, including today’s powerful National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Fortune was born …

Franklin McCain: He Integrated Woolworth’s Lunch Counter

Posted on 01/13/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyOn the afternoon of Feb. 1, 1960, 19-year-old Franklin McCain — accompanied by David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Ezell Blair Jr., three of his North Carolina A&T classmates — walked into an F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C. After buying a few small items, he and the others sat down at the lunch counter. When they tried to order coffee, the white waitress refused them. “We don’t serve colored here,” she explained, according to a contemporary New York Times account. “I …

50 Years Later, Still a Racial Divide on Jobs

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFifty years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 60 percent of blacks believe that whites have better chances than they do to get jobs for which they are qualified, a new Gallup poll shows. Back then, 74 percent of the blacks polled felt that whites had better chances at jobs. And the perception of unequal opportunity was stronger among blacks under 50 (81 percent) than among blacks 50 and older (73 percent). Now the numbers are …

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 …