Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY

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Past articles by Deborah:

Americans stood up to racism in 1961 and changed history. This is their fight, in their words.

In 1961, activists and civil rights groups banded together en masse like never before to end legal segregation and expand voting access. → Read More

A historic housing crisis has America in its grip. Can Marcia Fudge save the day?

Marcia Fudge was confirmed Wednesday as secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development amid a historic housing crisis. → Read More

Vernon Jordan, civil rights champion and 'first friend' to Bill Clinton, dies at 85

“The nation has lost one of its greatest champions of racial and economic justice," said National Urban League president. → Read More

'Our ancestors' dreams come true': Deb Haaland could become the nation's most powerful Native American leader

New Mexico's Rep. Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo Native American, has activists' hopes soaring as she awaits her confirmation hearing as Interior secretary → Read More

Biden addresses racial bias in housing, directs DOJ to phase out use of private prisons in new executive orders

"These aren't feel good policies. The evidence is clear. Investing in equity is good for economic growth," said Susan Rice, head of the Domestic Policy Council. → Read More

To help heal racial wounds, Black national anthem would become America's hymn under proposal

To help heal racial wounds, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is pushing to make "Lift Every Voice and Sing,'' the Black national anthem, America's national hymn. → Read More

'You really didn't know what was happening': MS lawmaker shares view from inside U.S. Capitol

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson shares what he saw and did the day pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. → Read More

'Double standard': Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol

Civil rights leaders blasted police for their response to an attack on the U.S. Capitol compared to clashes between Black Lives protesters and police. → Read More

'Changing the tone' is key: Civil rights groups urge Biden to make COVID-19, racial justice top priorities

With civil unrest and a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, civil rights leaders say it's important for Biden to act. → Read More

How civil rights leader James Clyburn helped Joe Biden and Black America win the White House

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn has been fighting for civil rights for 60 years. At 80, he gave himself one last job: Get Donald Trump out of the White House. → Read More

Worried about voter suppression? Lawyers set up national hotline to answer questions about election laws

Thousands of lawyers are volunteering with Election Protection, a nonpartisan hotline, to help voters across the country navigate election changes. → Read More

25 years ago, Black men united in their pain – and power. This is what the Million Man March meant to participants.

The Million Man March filled the National Mall in 1995. Amid Black Lives Matter protests over racial injustice, Black men reflect on what it meant. → Read More

John Lewis: A final day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers push to honor legacy with voting rights bill

John Lewis will lie in state in the Capitol for a second day Tuesday, giving the public time to pay respects before his funeral in Georgia. → Read More

Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered by fellow veterans: 'We had right on our side'

As John Lewis' life is celebrated in several cities, veterans of the civil rights movement, close friends and colleagues shared memorable moments. → Read More

'The timing is right for reparations': Cities propose reparations amid nationwide unrest

Providence and Asheville, N.C., are addressing the role of slavery by considering reparations. Congress is also considering a reparations bill. → Read More

'This report is ... a joke': House Democrats blast CDC over racial disparity data amid coronavirus

House Democrats slammed federal health officials Wednesday calling a report on the racial breakdown of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pitiful. → Read More

'People are really suffering': Black and Latino communities help their own amid coronavirus crisis

Black and Latino community leaders are stepping in to help their own through the coronavirus crisis. → Read More

‘All night, my eyes are open’: After mass job losses, Americans forced to choose: Pay bills or buy food?

In seven weeks, 30 million Americans filed for unemployment. The economic crisis has hurt families, workers and businesses. → Read More

Heartbreak, prayer and mourning: US leads world in coronavirus deaths after deadliest week

In one week, coronavirus deaths soared in five major US cities. Here’s what the fight against COVID-19 looked like on the frontlines. → Read More

Black people are overwhelmingly dying from coronavirus in cities across the US

With coronavirus cases and deaths soaring in cities with significant black populations, civil rights groups are urging the release of racial data. → Read More