The hard-won fight for civil rights could go down as one of the most thoroughly archived periods in American history, largely because participants kept photos and objects that would later tell their stories.
As I watched the television footage of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square make the decision to reduce the violence going on around them by sitting down in the street when word came that thugs from the Mubarak regime were on the way to break up their rally, I was reminded of how it felt in the spring of 1965 to be part of the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march.
It's always interesting talking to American youth, especially African Americans, who are quick to suggest that the "old ways of doing things" like marches, rallies, protests and boycotts have no effect on changing public policy today.
We are approaching the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The King family and Morehouse College offer me an exclusive opportunity to review his private papers. His words have become the treatise of our country's civil rights movement. Whenever people cry out for justice, they quote King. "There is a new Negro in the South."
Longtime entertainment columnist Army Archerd, who was one of the first writers to reveal that actor Rock Hudson was being treated for AIDS, has died at age 87, according to the industry publication Daily Variety.
As they battle for support in the black community in their quest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will attend Sunday's commemoration of the historic 1965 Selma voting rights march.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The widow of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle has filed suit against the company that made her husband's doomed plane, alleging that "catastrophic failure" of its flight control system caused the aircraft's crash into a Manhattan high-rise apartment building last fall.