That was the message delivered during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act on Wednesday.
Rep. John Lewis, a prominent figure in the civil rights struggle, said there is probably no greater symbol of that change than the fact that he was introducing Barack Obama, the country's first black president.
Obama took the stage at the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to great applause. Then, he went on to deliver a nuanced study of Johnson and the power of the presidency.
Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:29 pm
Three years after the revolt that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, some people are still internally displaced in the country. That includes men from the western town of Tawergha, who were accused of siding with Gaddafi’s forces by their neighbors in the city of Misurata.
After Gaddafi was killed, Tawergha was attacked. Thousands were forced from their homes and many of the men were jailed. Two years later, Tawerghans across Libya are living in refugee camps and still can’t return home.
"How do we enter the poem?" That's the first question poets are asked to consider for their readers. When reworking and formatting, before the line breaks or last word, the poet must find a way into the poem, first, to show the reader how to get there for herself.
The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.
But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of something much bigger: the battle between the government and market forces in the world's second-largest economy.
It’s said that a picture’s worth 1,000 words — considerably more than the 140 characters allowed in a tweet. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Twitter is starting to look more like Instagram, with more users including photos in their tweets.
Alexander Howard, who has written extensively about social media and collaborative technology, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the increasing similarities between the two social networks.
New tests show that the fragment of papyrus called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is actually from ancient times. The results of a carbon dating test show that it probably dates to eighth-century Egypt.
The discovery of the fragment, which includes the words “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” was announced to the world a little more than a year ago by Karen L. King, a professor of history at Harvard’s School of Divinity.
The gospel immediately sparked heated debate and drew immediate dismissals from some because the gospel refers to Jesus being married.
For those of you who don’t know what Bitcoin is, it’s a virtual currency that is creating a lot of buzz. The Bitcoin Price Index as of 9 a.m. on April 10 was $411.13 USD.
At this moment, computers around the world are racing to solve complex algorithms. Whoever wins earns the prize of 25 newly created bitcoins. This digital money can then be traded or used to buy goods directly.
Greece’s finance ministry says its first return to the markets in four years has seen strong demand, with the country raising $4 billion through five-year bonds at a coupon rate of 4.75 percent.
Today’s bond sale is Greece’s first since 2010, when it became locked out of the international debt market by excessively high interest rates due to a severe financial crisis. It has been relying on international bailout funds ever since.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start off the program with some of the latest politics on Capitol Hill before Congress heads off on recess next week.
And the nation is celebrating a big anniversary in civil rights this week. We wanted to talk about these topics and more. So we've called Maria Cardona. She's a Democratic strategist and a principal in the Dewey Square Group, which is a public relations firm - or public affairs firm. She's here in our Washington, D.C. studios. Welcome back.
Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 1:56 pm
A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the Harvard Theological Review.
The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity Karen L. King.
Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:35 pm
The new record by Eels, called The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, comes out April 22. Unlike the rock 'n' roll sound of Oliver's last album, this one is contemplative and personal, and features a live orchestra.
Now we'd like to return to something we talked about recently - microaggressions. Now you might not know that word, but you probably feel it if one is directed at you. These are those little every day comments or questions or actions that tend to indicate a subtle form of bias.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been talking about civil rights this week. Earlier this hour, we talked about the legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And yesterday, we remembered Marion Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This spring, we've been focusing on the challenge of paying for college - something that can be especially difficult for families of color or first-generation college students. Now one institution that was intended to serve one group of students who've often been shut out of college is closing its doors.