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Michelle and Barack Obama at an inauguration ball in January 2009
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A Promised Land by Barack Obama review – an impressive but incomplete memoir


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US minority voters and the future of the Republican party


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Gary Younge on minority voters and the future of the Republican party
Rashly Filling the Void
He is the product of a dislocated society. He is a dispossessed and disinherited man; he is all of this, and he lives amid the greatest possible plenty on earth and he is looking and feeling for a way out. Whether he’ll follow some gaudy, hysterical leader who’ll promise rashly to fill the void in him, or whether he’ll come to an understanding with the millions of his fellow workers…depends upon the future drift of events in America.

 State troopers beat civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama on 7 March 1965. Photograph: Unknown/AP
Counted out: Trump's desperate fight to stop the minority vote
In March 1965, ABC interrupted a showing of its Sunday-night movie – Judgment at Nuremberg, a courtroom drama about Nazi war crimes – to show shocking footage from Selma, Alabama, where mostly Black protesters were being beaten bloody by mounted police with billy clubs as they tried to cross Edmund Pettus bridge into the city, demanding the right to vote.
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The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream
book review
“The speech is profoundly and willfully misunderstood,” says King’s longtime friend Vincent Harding.
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