Civil Rights

Duke Ellington's Melodies Carry A Message Of Social Justice
Image from: Library of Congress/Charlotte Brooks

Duke Ellington's Melodies Carry A Message Of Social Justice

At a moment when there is a longstanding heated debate over how artists and pop culture figures should engage in social activism, the life and career of musical legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington offers a model of how to do it right.
Canada Puts A Civil Rights Icon On Its Currency
Wanda Robson, second from left, sister of Viola Desmond, admire the new $10 bank note featuring Desmond with Finance Minister Bill Morneau during a press conference in Halifax on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Image from: Canadian Press

Canada Puts A Civil Rights Icon On Its Currency

Viola Desmond refused to sit in the colored section of a movie theatre in 1946 and went to jail for it.