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In December 1955, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black ministers and community leaders organized a citywide bus boycott in protest. That part is well known.

Less well-known is the story of Georgia Gilmore, the Montgomery cook, midwife and activist whose secret kitchen fed the civil rights movement.

Activist Erica Garner has died, after suffering brain damage following a heart attack. She was 27 years old.

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Lee Weissenborn will be remembered for many things:  He loved animals, he believed in fighting for the little guy when he was a lawyer and  he tried to move Florida's state capital from Tallahassee to Orlando. 

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In the spring of his senior year in high school, Arturo Martinez’s friends began showing off their college acceptance letters. “Why are you not going to college?” he recalled them asking. “I mean, you’re so smart, you can go to Georgia Tech or UGA [University of Georgia].” Martinez didn’t want to tell them he couldn’t attend those schools because of his immigration status.

Teacher Kimberly Hively alleged Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Ind., denied her a full-time job because she is a lesbian. On Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said such discrimination violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The 8-3 ruling is the first by a federal appeals court to recognize the law as protecting workplace rights of LGBT employees.

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Hundreds of Miami-Dade County students had a chance to meet Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis at the New Birth Baptist Church in Opa Locka Saturday.

Lewis was there to talk about his trilogy graphic novel “March”—co-authored by his political aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.

At the presentation, a choir sang the hymn of the civil rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.”

People held hands as they swayed back and forth singing along passionately, much like the the Congressman’s message. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  kicked off a national strategy to give citizens and local governments tools to counter what the organization sees as “unfair policies coming from the Trump administration.”

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Most civil rights experts will tell you this: Before Martin Luther King Jr., before Malcolm X, before Nelson Mandela – there was Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican-born black empowerment leader who died in 1940.

“Marcus Garvey was before his time," says Niyala Harrison, a Jamaican-American attorney in Miami and president-elect of the Miami-based Caribbean Bar Association.

“He was speaking about things that had never been spoken about before when we’re talking about self-determination and the advancement of black and colored people.”

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.

Noted Civil Rights-Era Photographer Bob Adelman Found Dead At Miami Beach Home

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  Bob Adelman, a photographer considered one of the foremost chroniclers of the civil rights movement, was found dead in his Miami Beach home Saturday by a friend who called police.

Miami Beach police would not confirm the identity of the elderly man whose body was in the house, saying they had not yet notified the family, but the county's medical examiner's website identified the dead man as Adelman, misspelled as Adelman.

A Miami Beach official with knowledge of the investigation said Adelman, 85, was found with a head wound.

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10/07/15 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a visit by the Executive Director of ACLU Florida, Howard Simon. 

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11/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents reviews the history and actions of the Supreme Court of the United States, with noted constitutional attorney Erwin Chemerinsky. He notes that most people consider the Supreme 

  Court an impartial body, imparting learned decisions on key issues. He also notes, however, that Justices are human, and often show bias and political colors. Chemerinsky has written THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT. Hear the discussion Wednesday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Monday is the first day of early voting for this year’s primary elections.

In Florida, voting -- early or otherwise -- has been disputed in various ways over past decade.

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Fifty years ago Bob Moses organized volunteers to register voters in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer.

And for decades, Moses has been fighting for civil rights as an educator.

He won a MacArthur Genius Grant to develop a new way to teach algebra in largely low-income and minority schools.

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