Civil Rights

Ralph Abernathy (seated centre) and C.B. King (seated left) sit on a wagon as 300 protesters march to Atlanta. Photo: Getty/Bettmann

What it was like to be a black lawyer in the deep south in the 60s

8 September 2018 9:00 am

To have been a black lawyer in the deep south of America in the early 1960s would have taken a…

Self-flagellatory pornography designed for white liberal pillocks: Guerrilla reviewed

15 April 2017 9:00 am

‘What we really need is a faux-historical drama series about police brutality and black activism set in 1970s London,’ said…

George (left) and Willie Muse were exhibited for decades as fairground freaks — billed as ‘sheep-headed cannibals from Ecuador’ or ‘ambassadors from Mars’

The shocking story of kidnapped brothers — exhibited as fairground freaks

1 April 2017 9:00 am

It’s the early 20th century, and two strange-looking boys, purportedly twins named Iko and Eko, are playing in a circus…

We, too, are America: children and members of the San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Negro Women at a voter registration motorcade, 1956

How helpful is it for America to have a museum dedicated to African American culture?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘A fool’s errand’. That is how Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and…

Dusty Springfield at the Royal Variety Performance in 1965 (Getty).

Everything you always wanted to know about Sixties pop —and more

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It might seem an odd choice, but after reading Jon Savage’s new book, I think if I had a time…

My letter from Harper Lee

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Avoiding publicity doesn’t stop her being sharp-eyed, curious and impeccably well-mannered. I have the evidence

The Zimmerman jury should have done its duty and ignored the evidence

20 July 2013 9:00 am

I wonder what possessed the jury in the Trayvon Martin case to return two not guilty verdicts when they knew…

A real-life whodunnit

14 January 2012 11:00 am

The Saville Report into the events of Bloody Sunday is ten volumes or 5,000 pages long and was five years…

King and his killer

7 July 2010 12:00 am

In the late days of the Bush administration, it was fashionable among liberals to call George W. Bush the ‘worst’ president since the founding of the republic and to suggest that under his leadership America experienced its own version of the Dark Ages.

High priest of bop

23 June 2010 12:00 am

In the Rainbow Grill in New York one evening in 1971, according to Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Southern California, Duke Ellington  halted his band in mid-flow and announced: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the baddest left hand in the history of jazz just walked into the room, Mr Thelonious Monk.'

Under false colours

5 May 2010 12:00 am

‘With time,’ writes David Remnick, ‘political campaigns tend to be viewed through the triumphalist prism of the winner.’ Never more so, perhaps, than in Remnick’s idolatrous new biography of Barack Obama, which presents the First Black President’s ascension to the White House as nothing less than a glorious saga.