CIVIL RIGHTS

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
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An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

Ruby Bridges.
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A woman who as a little girl helped integrate the New Orleans public schools, an event depicted in an iconic Norman Rockwell painting, is coming to Massachusetts. 

What Hugh Masekela Meant To South Africa's Freedom Fighters

Jan 24, 2018

Many people have paid tribute to the musical genius of Hugh Masekela, known as the father of South African jazz. But he was not just known for his musicianship. The artist, who died on Tuesday at age 78, used his public platform to speak out against apartheid and substance abuse.

10,000 Take Part In Hartford Women's March

Jan 22, 2018

One of the over 500 Women’s Marches around the world happened in Hartford this weekend. The Hartford March focused on continued resistance to the Trump administration, getting more women into politics, and making the movement more inclusive.  

Julius Lester.
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Civil rights activist and teacher Julius Lester has died. He was 78 years old.

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

A car tail light.
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Two New England states could allow people who don't identify as male or female a new way to indicate their gender on their driver's license. 

President Trump visited Jackson, Miss., on Saturday, where he toured and delivered remarks at the opening of a pair of museums dedicated to the state's role in the civil rights movement and as a celebration of its bicentennial.

While he largely did not stray from his prepared remarks, Trump's presence at the event drew a sharp rebuke from some prominent African-American elected officials and civil rights leaders, prompting some of them to skip the opening altogether.

Was Martin Luther King inspired by Charlie Parker? In the latest edition of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio's Tom Reney explores the intersection of jazz and civil rights, including Dr. King's address at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.