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The CRISIS is the official publication of the NAACP. It is a quarterly journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For over 100 years, The CRISIS has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multiethnic citizens.
Lee Daniel’s The Butler
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, Academy Award® nominated director Lee Daniels' (PRECIOUS) historical epic LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Inspired by Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served by This Election" about the real life of former butler Eugene Allen, the film begins in 1924 with a young Cecil living in the fiercely segregated South and facing the tyranny of the region's prejudices.
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The Butler tells the story of a Black butler who served 8 presidents
Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” opens with a scene of a lynching: two young Black men strung from a pole. It is unnerving indeed. Minutes later the movie cuts to a Southern plantation, where a young Cecil Gaines sees his sharecropper...
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Exclusive: Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker Talks to The Crisis
Whitaker talked exclusively to The Crisis magazine during the National Association of Black Journalists Conference. He shared his thoughts on his character’s historic place, civil rights and where we are as nation today.
In Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, the current voting-rights dispute under consideration by the Supreme Court, the NAACP and other dedicated parties have weighed in on the argument by filing briefs containing information related to the case. The name for such briefs,...
The right wing, including outright racists, is once again seeking the aid and support of the U.S. Supreme Court to attack Section 5 of the Voting Rights.
Act of 1965. This protective legislation was included to address the most blatant...
It no longer surprises me when extremist state legislators try to restrict our voting rights. But it truly surprised me when I sat in the United States Supreme Court on February 27 and listened to an associate Justice refer to the right to vote as a "racial entitlement."
As a child growing up in Vicksburg, Miss., former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams took classical piano lessons. Her grandmother and aunt had dreams of her one day performing at Carnegie Hall. True in December when Evers-Williams graced the stage...
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