Kathey Leonard

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From the archive, 16 September 1963: Black church bombed in Birmingham, Alabama

<b>Birmingham, Alabama</b><p>At least fifteen sticks of dynamite exploded in the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church as Sunday school classes were being held here today, killing four Negro schoolgirls and injuring 23 other Negroes, some seriously. Later, police shot dead a Negro youth after he threw …

Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown's death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.<p>The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the anger poured out in response by Ferguson’s mostly black …

Oprah: "Death Shows Up to Remind Us to Live More Fully"

Freedom Summer, 1964: Did It Really Change Mississippi?

A reporter's journey south in search of her roots and the nation's history<p>GREENWOOD, Miss.—In 1947, my father, along with his mother and older brother, boarded a northbound train in Greenwood, Mississippi. They carried with them nothing but a suitcase stuffed with clothes, a bag of cold chicken, …

If You Needed Further Proof Racism Is Not Dead

If you think race is not an issue anymore and that America has dealt with the past and come through it, you are dead wrong.<p><b>If you think race</b> is not an issue anymore and that America has dealt with the past and come through it, you are dead wrong.<p>A black man was told he could not use the water …

When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right

In 1890, a delegation appointed by the Mississippi state legislature convened in Jackson to adopt a new state constitution. As one of the delegates …

Slavery Made America

The case for reparations: a narrative bibliography<p>About five years ago, I began a deep dive into the Civil War, most of it chronicled here. That dive culminated in an essay in our commemorative Civil War issue, much like my deep dive on housing and "colorless" policy culminated in The Case for …