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Creative Loafing senior staff writer Rodney Carmichael spent weeks interviewing the old and new guard of Atlanta’s Civil Rights Movement. One group he profiled in his piece is It’s Bigger Than You, founded by 20-year-old Aurielle Lucier. She and other groups have staged multiple protests in the area in the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo. and local police shootings. We talk to Lucier, Carmichael and civil rights leader Lonnie King, who led the Atlanta Student Movement in the 1960s. 

An Alabama parole board has denied early release to a 78-year-old Ku Klux Klansman who was convicted of killing four black girls in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis wears many hats - civil rights leader, politician, and graphic memoirist. The story of the Civil Rights Movement is told through his eyes in a three part graphic memoir series called “March.” The final installment came out on Tuesday. We talk with Congressman Lewis, his co-author Andrew Aydin, and the books' illustrator Nate Powell about telling history through comics. We also talk with Rep. Lewis about his feelings on the Black Lives Matter movement and his quest to push for gun control.

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Georgia Congressman John Lewis wears many hats - civil rights leader, politician, and graphic novelist. His story and the story of the civil rights movement is told through a three part graphic memoir called, “March.” The final installment of the series is out this week. We talk with Congressman Lewis, his co-author Andrew Aydin, and the book’s illustrator Nate Powell about telling history through comics.

W.W. Law Photograph Collection. Courtesy of the City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives

Savannah civil rights activist W.W. Law passed away 14 years ago. He served as the president for the Savannah chapter of the NAACP from 1950 to 1976. Now the city of Savannah is archiving W.W. Law’s collection, which includes photographs, books, music, and letters.

We talk about Law’s life and legacy with Luciana Spracher, the Director of Library and Archives for the City of Savannah, and former Savannah mayor Edna Jackson, who knew Law personally. 

Women who worked behind the scenes and on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement are often left out of history books, overshadowed by the men.  But the records of one group of women are now available at Emory University. We speak with Southern Christian Leadership Conference/W.O.M.E.N Interim Chair Scarlet Presley Brown and Emory University Manuscript Archivist Sarah Quigley about what records tell us about the role women played in the Civil Rights Movement.

The recent controversy surrounding the federal directive for transgender bathroom access in schools has created a divisive dialogue across the country. Some see the Obama administrations’ policy as a textbook example of government overreach. The power of states’ rights has fluctuated over the years, leaving many to question what ability states currently have to go against the will of the federal government.

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As a teenager growing up in the Midwest, I watched the Southern civil rights movement unfold from a distance. I was in high school in a suburb just outside of Chicago when the Selma to Montgomery march took place and a college student when Dr. King was murdered. Like many Americans, I grew to have enormous admiration for the men and women who were courageously confronting racism and bigotry through non-violence.

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Actor Anthony Mackie is currently lighting up the silver screen as Falcon in “Captain America: Civil War.” But Mackie’s next role is a completely different heroic challenge. He’ll play the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the HBO biopic “All the Way.” The film co-stars Mackie as MLK alongside Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson. The story introduces the two political titans at the height of the Civil Rights movement in a country torn apart by the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

We talk with Mackie about the new role and diversity in the film industry. 

An Evening With Andrew Young

May 18, 2016

Join us this Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Civil rights icon Andrew Young will sit down with host Bill Nigut for an intimate conversation about Young's life and work for a live taping of "Two Way Street." 

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 Jim Alexander has done a lot of things.


At one time or another he has been a bookstore owner, the general manager of a newspaper delivery service and a car detailer. He ran a pool room, taught horseback riding and was a diesel engine mechanic in the Navy.

“So in my life I’ve done things,” he said

But what really defines Alexander are his camera and his activism.