Civil Rights Movement Archives

Last week ari re-posted a smart blog entry on the Santa-fication of MLK, whose rough  edges had been made smooth in our civic memory. He was despised while he was living, and his stances also confounded other leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, but little of that makes it into school textbooks. Rosa Parks has Read More

Some people want to extend the benefit of the doubt to James Bevel, who died last week of pancreatic cancer. Is that wise, though? None of his accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement offset the physical and psychic trauma he visited upon his daughters for decades. Indeed, he mocked the idea that he would apologize Read More

A commenter said that James Bevel,  a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement who was convicted in April of molesting his daughters, has died of pancreatic cancer, but I can’t find any confirmation. It appears, though, that he was released last month on appeal. UPDATE: The Post confirms.