Race Ethnicity & Culture

2:26pm

Mon August 12, 2013
Code Switch

Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:06 pm

After Medgar Evers was murdered, his wife, Myrlie Evers, carried on his work. This photo shows Myrlie Evers and her children, Van, 9; Darrell, 16; and Rena, 14, in June 1969 in their Claremont, Calif., home.
AP

James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, Medgar, was assassinated in the driveway of the family's home in Jackson, Miss., in June 1963.

A sniper shot Medgar Evers in the back as he returned from a meeting late at night. Tensions had been running high because Evers, the first field secretary for the NAACP, was making headway in pushing the state's black citizens to register to vote. White Mississippians who had lived comfortably under segregation could feel the ground shifting beneath them — and they didn't like it.

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6:28am

Sun August 11, 2013
Code Switch

Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 12:09 pm

Martin Luther King Jr sits on a swing with his eldest daughter, Yolanda, and eldest son, Martin, at an amusement park he helped desegregate.
Courtesy of the King family

In this three-part series, Karen Grigsby Bates talks with children of Medgar Evers, Viola Liuzzo and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to see how they've coped with the burden and privilege of their legacies.

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2:24pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Code Switch

From Wrong To Right: A U.S. Apology For Japanese Internment

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 3:45 pm

John Tateishi was incarcerated at Manzanar internment camp in California from age 3 until he was 6.
Chloe Coleman NPR

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for a more equal America. But there's another anniversary looming: 25 years ago this week, the Japanese-American community celebrated a landmark victory in its own struggle for civil rights.

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8:16am

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'Total Disgrace': Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced In Brooklyn

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 9:15 am

Before the damage: The statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, outside the stadium where the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones play.
AP

1:49am

Thu August 8, 2013
Code Switch

Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:48 am

Jayda Neor and Kephra Shaw Meredith, seventh-graders from KIPP Bridge middle school in Oakland, Calif., perform a rap song about the discovery of DNA's structure in front of a green screen.
Tom McFadden

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