Kathey Leonard

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

Four black schoolgirls are killed in an attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church during Sunday school classes<p>Observer magazine: Southern discomfort<p><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 …

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, …

Summer of Johnny II: Hall of Famers Not Fans of Johnny Football

When he was at A&M in 2013 and winding up in pictures of a sea of bikini-clad coeds, Manziel generally ran unchecked. Aside from people who secretly …

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 …

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When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right

The new PBS documentary Freedom Summer lays bare a Deep South world where African Americans risked jobs, homes, and their lives for the right to vote.<p>…

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 …