Karen Grigsby Bates appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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."
Thursday, July 25, 2013
In 1955, it was virtually unheard of for a black man to testify against a white person. Willie Reed, who changed his last name to Louis after fleeing to Chicago, died last week at 76.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A popular Spanish-language radio show hosted by Eddie Sotelo, also known as Piolín or "Tweety Bird," has been abruptly canceled by Univision.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Many African-Americans are pleased that President Obama spoke frankly about the inequities experienced in this country by blacks. They say understanding the distress over the Zimmerman verdict is key to honest discussions about race.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
DreamWork's Turbo has been touted for having a multicultural cast, but does the movie, with its distinctly "urban" garden snails and its ethnic characters, really move beyond racial tropes?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a former Detroit-area photographer was reminded of an photo he took in 1973. He posted it to his Facebook page, and it's since gone viral.