civil rights

U.S. Supreme Court
Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
April 22, 2019 - 10:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. Another case...
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Sheila McCauley Keys
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Mike Dougherty
February 28, 2019 - 4:07 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A kitchen in Willingboro, New Jersey, is where Rosa Parks told stories to her niece, Sheila McCauley Keys. Since then, McCauley Keys has written a book about her aunt and civil rights icon. "My aunt was a community activist from an early age," she said. "She didn't...
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Kimberly Adams
February 24, 2019 - 4:50 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- He was local educator, athlete and best remembered as a civil rights activist who died fighting for change. Octavius V. Catto was remembered Sunday outside of City Hall. A gun salute then words of praise as more than 50 people stood in front of the 12 foot tall...
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President Barack Obama presents Harris Wofford, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, with a 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, Feb. 15, 2013.
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Pat Loeb
January 22, 2019 - 2:46 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania is mourning former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, who died Monday at the age of 92. He filled many roles in public service throughout his lifetime: co-founder of the Peace Corps; adviser to Martin Luther King, Jr.; Bryn Mawr College president; and state labor...
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Kevin Durant
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January 21, 2019 - 6:57 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader. "What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many...
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Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Rachel Kurland
January 11, 2019 - 2:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 21, Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting a weekend of activities honoring the late civil rights leader. The museum will hold readings and discussions of King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail." King was arrested in Birmingham...
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Hightstown High School students are shown in Washington, D.C., where they lobbied for passage of the Civil Rights Cold Case Record Collection Act.
Courtesy of Hightstown High School
Cherri Gregg
January 10, 2019 - 1:36 pm
HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The AP government class at Hightstown High School in New Jersey is celebrating after spending three and a half years working on a federal bill intended to help victims of civil rights-era hate crimes. The Civil Rights Cold Case Record Collection Act became law...
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Mike Dougherty
October 23, 2018 - 9:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A large crowd turned out at Love Park Tuesday to rally for transgender rights in protest of a report that detailed the Trump Administration's plans to roll back some Obama-era protections. Holding fists in the air, both real and cardboard, rally participants say they...
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People hold signs and flags at a rally
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October 22, 2018 - 1:11 pm
By Eli Watkins, CNN (CNN) -- The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York Times on a draft proposal. "Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence...
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AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File
September 19, 2018 - 9:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for rejecting the application weren't reasonable, U.S...
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