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The Brown decision's legacy: Still under review

May 17, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

On the 62nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision that started the end of segregation, one leading academic says conservatives and liberals today are missing a key point about the ruling.

The filibuster that almost killed the Civil Rights Act

April 11, 2016 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1964, the Senate was involved in an epic fight over the Civil Right Act, after a group of Southern senators started a record-setting filibuster in March.

Podcast: The 14th Amendment and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

February 25, 2016 By NCC Staff

Judge James Wynn of the Fourth Circuit and Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit discuss the meaning of the 14th Amendment and the impact of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Podcast: The 15th Amendment and the right to vote

February 4, 2016 By NCC Staff

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Bradley Smith of the Capital University Law School discuss the history and meaning of the last Reconstruction Amendment.

10 famous quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2016 By NCC Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most quotable speakers of the 20th century. Here are 10 statements from King’s 13-year career as a public figure that defined his quest.

Affirmative action gets another day at the Supreme Court

December 9, 2015 By NCC Staff

On December 9, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a landmark challenge to affirmative action at Texas’ flagship public university.

What if JFK had survived his assassination?

November 22, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Almost as prevalent as theories about his assassination are theories about what would have happened to three major historical events if JFK had been alive in 1964.

Korematsu: A decision that is still questioned today

November 9, 2015 By NCC Staff

On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court announced one of its most shocking decisions ever. The Korematsu decision is still controversial, since it allowed the federal government to detain a person based on their race during a wartime situation.

Podcast: Is the Constitution color-blind?

October 15, 2015 By NCC Staff

Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Michael Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights explore how the Constitution deals with race.

Podcast: When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT rights, who wins?

September 24, 2015 By NCC Staff

Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discuss the Kim Davis saga and two competing bills in Congress.

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