Reading Time: 7 minutes As statues are removed to museum storerooms, it is important to be honest about the history they represent.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Today Americans honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave so much for a country that gave him so little in return. Take a few minutes to find out more about the man who made the US a better place and paid for it with his life.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A bipartisan federal government commission has weighed in on the state of minority voter discrimination. Its conclusions are not pretty.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Fifty years on, the promise of the Fair Housing Act is largely unfulfilled: blacks and whites still predominantly live in different neighborhoods. Is it time for fair-housing advocates to go back to the drawing board?
Reading Time: 19 minutes Longtime Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia has spent years examining the questionable tactics of the FBI in their surveillance of Martin Luther King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This week’s podcast explores the Bureau’s behavior and reveals that — amazingly — these same shadowy tactics, and their cover-up, continue to this day.
Reading Time: 14 minutes On the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, let’s not forget the man who was lost that day and think about how much he could have changed the world.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A popular argument against removing Confederate statues is that it would be “erasing history.” If preserving history were the real concern, where are the monuments to great civil rights figures in the South?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Selma, Alabama, was perhaps the climax of the Civil Rights movement. On the 51st anniversary of that famed march, we take a moment to reflect on some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s most extraordinary oratory, which is so very relevant today.
Reading Time: 9 minutes In honor of Martin Luther King Day, WhoWhatWhy presents — through a fascinating collection of pictures — a brief history of American racism, a look at the kind of hatred, atrocities, and soul-searing humiliation that spurred King into action. Rather than the stuff of dreams, much of it was a living nightmare. We first published this piece in 2015, but it remains more relevant than ever — because we seem to be going backwards. We want you to see, with your own eyes, just how ugly it can get.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A look back at Selma, then and now.