Southern History and Civil Rights in the News 18 September 2020

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Southern History and Civil Rights in the News

18 September 2020


I apologize for the lateness of this week’s post, but as I was putting the finishing touches on it, news broke that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of not only women’s rights, but civil rights for all, had passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier today. News from NPR here, Rolling Stone here, and The New York Times here.


John Lewis, another civil rights icon lost to pancreatic cancer was honored this past weekend and named as honorary team captain by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in their first game of the season, as reported by here.


This month’s Jacobin magazine includes a look at Pauli Murray, another civil rights trailblazer, who is often overlooked. The piece includes an interview with her biographer, Troy R. Saxby, and can be read here.


As more national museums are once again allowing visitors after Covid closures, the National Museum of African American History and Culture joined them today in reopening, as reported by The Washington Post, here. Meanwhile, there has been a renewed push for the National Museum of the American Latino, as reported by Orange County (CA) Spectrum News 1, here.


And in environmental justice news, Scot McFarlane wrote in The Washington Post this week that Hurricane Sally’s “catastrophic” flooding is the result of the region’s racist history, here, and The New York Times Magazine examines what climate migration will look like, again noting that those communities hit hardest, and least able to relocate, will be communities of color. You can read that story here.


Until next week, stay well,


Michele “Scout” Johnson

Editor, H-South


This series of weekly posts to H-South, “Southern History and Civil Rights in the News,” aims to track informed public discussions of southern history and civil rights. To recommend a reading, please email Dr. Michele Johnson at