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.
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?
He wasn’t diplomatic and he wasn’t subtle, but Curtis Graves forged a political path for black Texans—and altered history forever.
The legacy of the Voting Rights Act.
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.
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.
At his keynote speech at the Civil Rights Summit, the President honored LBJ's legacy on civil rights--but implied that he would try to advance it by other means.
A key member of LBJ's administration tells the inside story behind Johnson's decision not to run in 1968.
A civil rights summit in Austin celebrates the true legacy of the Johnson administration.
The illogical politics of immigration reform.
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.
El Paso’s Chamber Music Festival, Hallettsville’s domino championship.
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.
LBJ, George Wallace, Selma: Eavesdropping on the making of history 35 years ago this month.
How a man named Eldrewey Stearns began the fight for civil rights in Houston.
From poor black girl to presidential possibility, in ten not-so-easy lessons.