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Remembering Lindy Boggs, an early champion of equal rights

For years, Congresswoman Boggs was the only white member of Congress representing a majority black district, a distinction she earned by her life-long commitment to civil rights. Full story

Obama meets with civil rights groups on Voting Right Act

Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are also expected to attend the meeting with the president to discuss the Voting Rights Act, joined by local elected officials and civil rights leaders. Full story

DOJ Says Transgender Has Right to Use Boys Restroom

The U.S. Department of Justice's latest cause - fighting for a transgendered California ninth-grader's right to use the boy's room at school - has conservative groups wondering just how far Washington will go in the name of civil rights.The student was born a girl but "has identified as a boy from a Full story

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  Holder questions 'Stand Your Ground' in speech to NAACP

Sam Bagenstos, former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the application of self-defense laws like "Stand Your Ground" raise civil rights questions that could warrant consideration by the Justice Department.

  Will federal charges be filed against Zimmerman?

Joe Madison joins PoliticsNation to discuss whether or not George Zimmerman will be charged for civil rights violations by the Justice Department.

  Zimmerman verdict sparks nationwide debate

A lot has happened after a verdict was reached in the George Zimmerman trial. There have been nationwide protests, a national debate on race and Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and one of the trial’s jurors has spoken out. MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish, The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Civil Rig

  Protests planned for 100 cities

Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson and Jamal-Harrison Bryant join Rev. Sharpton to discuss the protests planned for this coming weekend to put pressure on the Justice Department to pursue a civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman.

  Justice Department takes a closer look at Zimmerman case

Legal analyst Lisa Bloom and Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion join the Morning Joe panel to discuss whether the Justice Department will bring more charges against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and later acquitted.

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Luther King
Luther King

1964: American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jnr (1929 - 1968).

Tom Perez, the assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights and former secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.