Civil rights

Vernon Jordan Was Longtime Vineyard Visitor, Friend of the Island

The civil rights activist and Washington power broker who died Monday had been a longtime summer visitor to the Vineyard.

Martin Luther King's Message Lives On

In years past we all have looked forward to celebrating and remembering the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we recalled his leadership and contributions during the civil rights struggles.

Driving Home the Connection Between Mobility and Freedom

For Ric Burns filmmaking is a collaborative journey. Last week at a screening of his work-in-progress documentary Driving While Black, even the audience became part of the process.

For High Schoolers, A Distant Era Brought to Life

In the first of a series on diversity at the regional high school, historian Patricia Sullivan explained the critical role college and high school students played in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Remembered

A remembrance gathering will be held in Oak Bluffs this weekend for Julian Bond, the well-known civil rights leader and former chairman of the NAACP who died August 15 at the age of 75. Mr. Bond was a longtime Vineyard visitor.

Talking Civil Rights, From Selma to Ferguson

In celebration of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, members of the Martha’s Vineyard community gathered last week for an event organized by The Advancement Project.

Civil Rights Story Set in St. Augustine

Passage at St. Augustine spotlights civil rights campaigns in the historic Florida city. Vineyarder Esther Burgess is featured in the film, which will be screened this weekend in West Tisbury.

Personal Memories of Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement

Vineyarders gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church to honor the Civil Rights Movement and the memory of Rosa Parks. The guest speaker was Lucy Hackney.

Civil Rights Meets the Graphic Novel

After seeing the northern states for the first time in 1951 during a summer with his aunt and uncle in Buffalo, N.Y., Cong. John Lewis began questioning the quality of life that many around him took for granted.

Going Beyond Accepted Story, Filmmaker Finds Deeper Truths

In 2004 director Shola Lynch’s first film premiered at Sundance. The documentary told the story of Shirley Chis-holm, the first black woman to run for president, and her 1972 campaign. Ms. Lynch was only three years old at the time of the campaign, yet as she grew up she found herself consistently drawn to the time period. The film won a Peabody award.