Karen Grigsby Bates

Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules

Friday, April 11, 2014

Recent updates to the Army's regulations on grooming and appearance forbids natural hairstyles that are popular with many black women. The women of the CBC have asked the Army to reconsider.


Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89

Monday, April 07, 2014

More than 70 men turned themselves over to Chuck Stone during his time as a columnist. The suspects trusted the Philadelphia Daily News journalist but feared police brutality.


Hip Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

Friday, April 04, 2014

"Nobody from hip hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree," says 9th Wonder, a respected producer who's turned out to be a born teacher.


Why A Proper Lady Found Herself Behind Bars

Friday, March 28, 2014

As racial tensions were rising in 1964, Mary Peabody, the mother of the Massachusetts governor, went to St. Augustine, Fla., to protest segregation.


Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement

Monday, March 10, 2014

A new biography traces Carmichael's evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.


Sriracha-Maker Given More Time To Contain Spicy Fumes

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The LA suburb of Irwindale has had to balance its need for business success against complaints from residents about the plant's fumes. Huy Fong Foods makes the hot sauce in the rooster bottle.


Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Popular shows like Modern Family, Parenthood and Grey's Anatomy all routinely feature interracial and multi-ethnic families. It's quite a switch from the 1950s, when Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz broke barriers.


Franklin McCain: Taking Jim Crow Off The Menu

Friday, January 10, 2014

In 1960, McCain sat down with three friends and made civil rights history when the young men who became known as the "Greensboro Four" integrated a North Carolina lunch counter. McCain died Friday.


To Thine Own Selfie Be True, But Not In All Places At All Times

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

President Obama and other world leaders take a "selfie" at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, and first lady Michelle Obama seems less than thrilled with the president's posing.


The First Time I Heard The Name 'Mandela'

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The South African leader's life held special power for black Americans, who lost many iconic civil rights leaders tragically early. Karen Grigsby Bates reflects on Mandela's legacy.


Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement'

Monday, November 04, 2013

Speculation about her grandmother's life in China in the early 1900s provided Tan inspiration for her latest novel, out Tuesday. Valley is an opus that covers half of a tumultuous century, ranges across two continents and involves love, deceit, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption.


Harlem On Their Minds: Life In America's Black Capital

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two new books published Tuesday tell the story of Harlem. The first features the white women involved in the Harlem Renaissance. And the second profiles three black female artists during World War II.


The Books That Bring The Civil Rights Movement To Life

Sunday, August 25, 2013

From history to memoir to fiction, these books tell the stories of the men, women and children who played pivotal parts in the struggle for equal rights.


While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers'

Saturday, August 24, 2013

That sweltering August day in 1963, when almost a quarter-million people thronged the National Mall, women were relegated to the background, even as they played major roles in the movement.


Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight'

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This summer, NPR is airing several reports looking at watershed moments in the Civil Rights movement. Several Civil Rights advocates who died pursuing equality left behind devastated families, especially children. While immensely proud of their parents, many report it was a struggle to grow up in the shadow of a martyred hero. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Aug. 12, 2013.


Kiese Laymon's Overdue Success Proves Publishers Can Change

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After an editor asked him to tone down his racial politics, the first-time author walked away from his book deal, moved to a smaller press and eventually published two books to critical acclaim. He hopes his story helps make the case for why publishers should welcome different voices to the table.


Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way

Monday, August 12, 2013

James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was shot and killed in the family's driveway. Van Evers chose not to follow in his father's footsteps — at what cost?


Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight'

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sally Liuzzo-Prado was just 6 when her mother, Viola Liuzzo, was killed by Ku Klux Klansmen following marches in Alabama. The death of Liuzzo, the only white woman protester to die during the civil rights movement, captured the nation.


Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III, the famous man was just "Daddy."


More About The 40-Year-Old Picture That Makes People Smile

Monday, July 29, 2013

The photographer behind a touching photo of five children that gained a lot of attention recently says that it is "good to know that even in this day and age, when we are bombarded by imagery from every direction, that one photograph can matter to someone."