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After making strides at Howard University by advocating for better campus conditions, then rallying on a Texas bus tour to build voting power ahead of the primary election, Black Voters Matter will set off next to honor the 57th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" by reenacting the journey on a weeklong march.

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The first attempt of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, led to police violence against peaceful African American demonstrators. The beatings, known as “Bloody Sunday,” generated anger across the nation 55 years ago this month and prompted President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Act […]

MARION, Ala. (AP) — Della Simpson Maynor remembers the mounted police officer cracking her elbow with a baton. She recalls the panicked marchers unable to escape the onslaught, and the scuffle between officers and a young church deacon who was trying to protect his mother and grandfather. Most of all, she remembers the gunshot. LIKE […]

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thunder rolling above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to American democracy and called for protecting the legacy of the civil rights movement with love and action. “It’s time for us to defend the dream,” Booker said in a keynote speech at […]

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Several members of Congress joined civil rights activists and others Sunday afternoon for the annual commemoration of a day of racial violence in Selma dating to 1965. A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was to recall “Bloody Sunday,” when […]

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Black people who celebrate the civil rights movement and white people who commemorate the Civil War are suddenly finding themselves fighting on the same side in historic Selma, Alabama: against City Hall. Both groups say the city is squeezing them with demands for thousands of dollars in up-front payments to stage […]

  On this day in 1990, the city of Selma, Ala. once again became the epicenter of racial tensions after a city-wide school boycott. Students were angered at the firing of the city’s first Black school superintendent, Dr. Norwand Rousell, who lost his job after dismantling what he felt was a discriminatory policy. In 1987, […]

Jasmine Sanders has got 10 powerful quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., in the spirit of his birthday and the national holiday commemorating his legacy this past weekend. Click on the audio player for the inspirational words on “The D.L. Hughley Show!” RELATED: Martin Luther King Jr. Stands With Eric Garner, Slain NYPD Officer For “New Yorker” […]

She’s a filmmaker, a film distributor, and now a bonafide cover girl. Selma director Ava DuVernay graces the cover of Elle magazine’s November issue, one of eight commemorative “Women In Hollywood” covers celebrating the biggest, brightest talents in film right now. Photographed by Paola Kudacki, the Compton native wears a silk dress from Calvin Klein Collection and a […]

NEW YORK (AP) — David Oyelowo, who played the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film “Selma,” says there’s an interesting upside to not getting an Oscar nomination. “In many ways I think we probably got more attention for not being nominated,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve actually found that people were […]

Amelia Boynton Robinson passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 104, and the nation is mourning one of the most storied individuals from the Civil Rights Movement. Boynton Robinson’s dedication to the voting rights and equality for southern Blacks and all African-Americans has been well-documented, and her iconic image from the “Bloody Sunday” event […]

Ava DuVernay is on her way to making history once again. According to The Wrap, the Selma director is the number one choice to direct…