MARTIN Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights activist who believed in non-violent protest. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of pastor Martin … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are his most memorable quotes?
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Juana Summers, Associated Press Updated 9:52 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP) less FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an ... more Photo: Tom Williams, AP Photo: Tom Williams, AP … [Read more...] about Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary
Beth LeBlanc The Detroit News Published 4:14 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018 A Detroit Democrat running for former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s open seat is proposing sweeping changes to the nation’s Civil Rights Act if elected. Former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Wednesday she wants to target policies that disproportionately affect people of color, tighten the Title IX law and end the overuse of mandatory arbitration in corporate discrimination cases. The first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature and a lawyer for the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Tlaib is one of six candidates in a crowded Democratic primary race to replace Conyers, who resigned in December amid sexual harassment allegations by former staffers. She could be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress. Among her Democratic opponents are Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit, former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit, Westland … [Read more...] about Tlaib proposes changes to Civil Rights Act
OPINION 05/12/2018 08:00 am ET Michelle BishopGuest Writer Right now in the U.S., people with disabilities can be stripped of their right to vote in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It happens like this: In families that include an adult with a developmental disability or mental illness, a guardian may be chosen to assist with management of their loved one’s finances and health care decisions. Judges are also empowered to make decisions regarding voter participation competency during these guardianship proceedings. What does that mean, exactly? It means judges can simply check a box that terminates a basic civil right ― potentially permanently ― often with no warning to the voter or the family. Americans with disabilities are the last U.S. constituency whose rights can be taken away based on identity. In fact, tens of thousands of people with disabilities have already lost the right to vote nationwide, despite the best efforts of … [Read more...] about Disability Is No Reason To Strip A Person’s Voting Rights
ONE hundred years have come and gone since suffragettes achieved what seemed impossible at the time - equal votes for women. The suffragettes' relentless battle led to women finally achieving the right to have their say. Read on to discover more about their monumental fight... What was the suffragette movement? Suffragettes violently campaigned for the female right to vote as early as the late 18th century. Emmeline Pankhurst, long associated with the militant campaign for the vote, adopted the motto "Deeds not Words" for the Women's Social and Political Union, a group known for hunger strike protests. After 50 years had passed and no sign of change, she suggested drastic action was needed in order to secure their right. WSPU members were determined to obtain the right to vote for women by violent means. But there were also moderate women's groups who campaigned for the right to vote in a more peaceful manner, known as suffragists. The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, led … [Read more...] about When did women get the vote in the UK and what was the Suffragette movement? Voting rights and Representation of the People Act