The March on Washington: Has 54 Years Changed America? Civil Rights Articles & Legal Insights

Posted on 08-25-2017 by
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Civil rights and the law: From the 14th Amendment to the March on Washington (1963) to today’s headlines.

 

Fifty-four years ago, on August 28, 1963, the March on Washington was held in Washington, D.C. It attracted more than 200,000 Americans, created a landmark in the civil rights struggle, and gave us Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of this important and momentous day, we’ve put together a reading list of civil rights articles and legal insights.

The Kaepernick-Sit: Can “Un-American” Be Valuable?

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. - Evelyn Beatrice Hall*

Retirement: The racial wealth gap we rarely talk about

Throughout our country’s history we have been reminded of the various gaps found between whites and African-Americans. History has brought many differences, however, today we acknowledge one racial gap that is rarely touched on and that is the retirement savings gap.

Racism, Freedom of the Press and Our Unbridled Blindness

Don’t mistake my pro-freedom for anti-protest. Racism is very much alive.

15th Amendment, Its Ratification and Case law

The 15th amendment has been cited in a couple court cases since its enactment in 1870. Two such cases that cited the amendment included Gomillion v. Lightfoot (1960) and Rice v. Cayetano (2000).

#OscarsSoWhite: Is it fair to compare the Selma to Montgomery March

#OscarsSoWhite is a civil rights moment. One reason - it forced the diversity wheels to un-rust, to start their slow grind.

U.S. Lawmakers Whiter Than Population

America’s elected representatives are whiter than those they represent. Despite their growing share of the U.S. population, minorities are decidedly underrepresented in nearly every state legislature and Congress, according to analysis of U.S. Census data by The Associated Press.

Slavery = college football, student-athlete says. Why I’m applauding him (and his dissenter)

As a student-athlete, he exercised his freedom of speech, and he did so where the collegiate powers are now building roadblocks - in social media.

Infographic: A Law Firm Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“I have a dream” and 15 other quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that will inspire you

The ideas that followed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. iconic message “I have a dream” will always be remembered, but aren’t the only wise words he has spoken.

14th Amendment: Its indelible mark on the landscape of our country

Fourteen is a significant number.  In sports, Ernie Banks, Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, and Pete Rose all wore 14.  In music, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 is one of his most famous.  In love, the 14th of February is always Valentine’s Day.  In poetry, a sonnet is a 14 line poem.  But nowhere is 14 more significant than in our Constitution because the 14th Amendment is one of, if not, the most important amendments in terms of our rights.

Voting Rights Act: Our Desperate Need for One

I’ve never voted in any election. I majored in political science, worked on state and federal policy initiatives, volunteered for numerous local and presidential candidates, but I can’t vote. I’m an India citizen and a permanent resident of the United States.

14th Amendment: Still Cited Today

History is a journey; it’s never-ending, always in motion. On July 9th, 1868 the 14th Amendment of the constitution was ratified.

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