November 2, 2012 Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that would remove Jim Crow-era language from the state constitution. Republican leaders say the language is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix, arguing it's a trick to undermine public school funding.
October 1, 2012 Fifty years ago, James Meredith, the first black student at the University of Mississippi, had to be escorted by federal marshals to his mostly empty classes. Today, black and white Ole Miss students sit together in a class about the school's integration. Still, students say there's more to be done.
October 1, 2012 Fifty years ago Monday, James Meredith became the first black student enrolled in the University of Mississippi. His attendance sparked a violent uprising on campus, requiring President Kennedy to send National Guard and Army troops. The deadly uprising marked a turning point in the civil rights movement.
September 19, 2012 It can be lonely being a Democrat in the Deep South. In the reliably Republican region, even recruiting viable Democratic candidates can be a challenge. But strategists are looking to nearby states to learn how the party might start to make inroads in such red territory.