Civil rights

The Love Story That Upended the Texas Prison System

Oct 11, 2018 By Ethan Watters

In 1967, a 56-year-old lawyer met a young inmate with a brilliant mind and horrifying stories about life inside. Their complicated alliance—and even more complicated romance—would shed light on a nationwide scandal, disrupt a system of abuse and virtual slavery across the state, and change incarceration in Texas forever.  

Return to Cotulla

Jul 23, 2015 By John Phillip Santos

My family and their hometown helped change LBJ’s views on equal rights. Did his later policies change the reality for those in South Texas?

The Agitator

Jul 22, 2015 By Katy Vine

He wasn’t diplomatic and he wasn’t subtle, but Curtis Graves forged a political path for black Texans—and altered history forever.

Does “Selma” Get LBJ Wrong?

Jan 8, 2015 By Dan Solomon

The Golden Globe-nominated film about the Civil Rights Movement is the subject of some unexpected controversy regarding its depiction of the relationship between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson.

Man on Fire

Nov 13, 2014 By Michael Hall

The Reverend Charles Moore ardently dedicated his life to the service of God and his fellow man. But when he couldn’t shake the thought that he hadn’t done enough, he drove to a desolate parking lot in his hometown of Grand Saline for one final act of faith.

General Admission

Mar 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

Will Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin help the U.S. Supreme Court decide affirmative action once and for all? Not likely, which is why it's time to let public universities make their own decision about which students to accept.

The Sins of the Father

Apr 1, 2000 By Pamela Colloff

For Tom Cherry, the precise place where loyalty to his dad ends and a larger obligation to society begins lies deep in the woods of East Texas, at the intersection of history and conscience, where the truth about a church bombing during the struggle for civil rights in the South may only now be coming to light.

Voting Rites

Mar 1, 2000 By Brian D. Sweany

LBJ, George Wallace, Selma: Eavesdropping on the making of history 35 years ago this month.