civil rights

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by House Democrats spaced for social distancing, speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020.
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Mike Dougherty
June 26, 2020 - 9:26 am
The U.S. House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Thursday night with a vote mostly along party lines. Only a few Republicans supported the bill. One was a Bucks County congressman. Read more here.
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Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.
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AP News
June 06, 2020 - 5:13 pm
Thousands of protesters streamed into the nation's capital and other major cities Saturday in another huge mobilization against police brutality while George Floyd was remembered in his North Carolina hometown by mourners who waited hours for a glimpse of his golden coffin. Read more here.
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FILE - In this July 2, 2008, file photo, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery speaks at the National Press Club in Washington.
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AP News
March 28, 2020 - 4:43 pm
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. Read more here.
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The Philadelphia Freedom Fighters who once worked with lawyer and activist Cecil B. Moore celebrated less than a week after the mural of the beloved mentor was defaced.
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Cherri Gregg
February 20, 2020 - 5:13 pm
The Cecil B. Moore mural in North Philadelphia has been repaired just days after someone spray painted a racial slur the portrait of the civil rights icon. Another mural is now in the works. Read more here.
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The crew for the Space Shuttle Challenger flight 51-L leaves their quarters for the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 27, 1986.
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AP News
February 20, 2020 - 11:55 am
The stories of black astronauts are shared in a new documentary that looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid Jim Crow, danger, discrimination and the Cold War. Within four generations, they went from slavery to space.
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Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin at the New York Hilton in 1970
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AP News
February 05, 2020 - 10:48 am
California's governor announced Wednesday that he is posthumously pardoning a gay civil rights leader while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Read more here.
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An investigator, Jennifer Merrigan, and Theophalis "Bilaal" Wilson.
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Flashpoint
January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
A Philadelphia man is celebrating his freedom after serving 28 years behind bars for a triple murder he did not commit, and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has apologized, citing prosecutorial misconduct. Read more here.
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MLK Day of Service at Girard College
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Cherri Gregg
January 20, 2020 - 1:54 pm
About 150,000 volunteers dispersed across the greater Philadelphia region for the 25th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. And as the 2020 election approaches, leaders took the time to emphasize the importance and history of voting in the U.S. Read more here.
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Community leaders, students and professional actors read excerpts from King's landmark 1963 texts "Letters from Birmingham Jail."
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Shara Dae Howard
January 17, 2020 - 12:06 pm
An exhibit at Eastern State Penitentiary commemorating Martin Luther King Day hinges on readings from his landmark 1963 texts "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Read more here.
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"My General Tubman" will run at the Arden Theater starting Jan. 16.
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Cherri Gregg
January 15, 2020 - 4:00 am
A new play about the legacy of Harriet Tubman opens Thursday at the Arden Theater in Old City, and a Philadelphia playwright chose to highlight an often-forgotten portion of the civil rights hero's life. Read more here.
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