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Exonerating the Scottsboro Boys

Sara Kugler, @sarakug
Updated February 22, 2013

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All photographs courtesy of the Morgan County Archives, Decatur, Alabama. The photographs may not be reused without the written permission of the Morgan County Archives.

Carol Puckett was doing research in the Morgan County Archives in Decatur, Alabama when she came across 127 photographs from inside the courtroom of one of the most famous legal trials in Alabama history. The photos were from the retrial of Haywood Patterson, one of the nine Scottsboro Boys falsely accused and arrested for the alleged rape of two white women in 1931.…

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#Nerdland answers “What’s at stake in this election?”

Sara Kugler, @sarakug
November 5, 2012

“Women’s right to choose”

http://youtu.be/YQlxsHLyseA

“It’s always about foreign policy”

http://youtu.be/jjBHbc5xuWM

“Immigration reform”

http://youtu.be/HZ_L8dKm0_0

“Everything”

http://youtu.be/S378Fq8jQHY

“Supreme Court justice appointment”

http://youtu.be/2B9B_sEpbW0

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Election Perspectives: Dr. Tim McCarthy, Part 2

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 5, 2012

We asked Dr. Tim McCarthy, Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part two of his response.

How do Voter Challenge Initiatives, such as voter I.D. laws and mandates restricting the ability of citizens to vote outside of an “Election Day” window, affect the state of American elections, and by extension, American democracy.

The United States has a long history of attempting to deny or suppress the right to vote. The recent voter I.D.…

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Election Perspectives: Dr. Tim McCarthy, Part 1

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 5, 2012

We asked Dr. Tim McCarthy, Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part one of his response.

What is at stake for women of color in this election?

So much. When it comes to the fundamental rights of citizenship for historically marginalized and disfranchised groups—women, people of color, immigrants, LGBT folks, the poor and working-class (in other words, the majority of Americans)—the choice this election season could not be more clear. Neither candidate is perfect, by any means, but as I have written elsewhere, I’d much rather be struggling for justice in Barack Obama’s America than fighting for my life in Romneyworld!…

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Election Perspectives: Gwainevere Hess


We asked Gwainevere Catchings Hess, the President of Black Women’s Agenda, Inc, about mobilizing marginalized voters, coalition building, and what’s at stake in this upcoming election.

1) What is at stake for women of color in this election?
There are a number of issues at stake for women of color in this election, most importantly affordable education, healthcare coverage, abortion rights, equal pay for women, contraception coverage, increased taxes that impact the middle class (of which a large percentage is female led) households, jobs, and the continuing of social programs. It is the hope, aspirations, and trust that their lives will be enriched not just with tangibles but the intangibles as well.…

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Video Interview with Filmmaker Nev Nnaji

Ariel Guidry and Trimiko Melancon
October 24, 2012

All three parts are now available from our interview with filmmaker Nev Nnaji, creator of the documentary “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights.” Her documentary looks at the marginalization of black women during the Civil Rights Era between the ideologies of Black Power and Feminism.

Nev came to Tulane on October 8th to screen her documentary; our Visiting Scholar Trimiko Melancon and Media Intern Ariel Guidry had a chance to sit down with her and talk about her inspiration, the subject of her film and the production process. Ariel filmed and edited the interview between Nev and Dr.…

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