Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

Bryan Stevenson, who founded and runs the Equal Justice Initiative, outside the former courthouse where the 1910 lynching of Allen Brooks, a black man, began in Dallas. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

In February 1919, Pte William Little, an African-American veteran of the first World War, returned to his hometown of Blakely, Georgia, in the America(...)

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by Alabama’s attorney general to keep same-sex marriages in the state on hold. Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court in 2013. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Same-sex couples began marrying in Alabama despite an attempt by the conservative chief justice of the state’s supreme court to block judges from is(...)

“To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee. There has been talk the author may have been left vulnerable to unscrupulous business associates since the death of her sister Alice last year. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The lawyer who acts for the author Harper Lee has spoken about the controversy surrounding a recently discovered sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird and t(...)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960) Most novels manage to fall into immediate categories. Some are bestsellers, others are destined to be respe(...)

 Harper Lee will publish her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, 60 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Photograph: Getty

There is something alluring about perfection; it is so rare that most people would understand the feeling of wanting to keep it that way. An initial r(...)

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Gabriela Polanco says her 14-month-old daughter Alexandra Noemi is running around, eating with a fork and drinking out of “a big-girl cup”.Two years a(...)

‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay: ‘This is art; this is a movie; this is a film. I’m not a historian. I’m not a documentarian.’ Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

I went on Friday morning to see Selma and found myself watching it in a cinema full of black teenagers. Thanks to donations, DC public school kids (...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

 Martin Luther King Jr. marching in Memphis with striking   sanitation workers March 28, 1968. (With him the Rev. Ralph Abernathy.)    Within a week, King was dead, killed by an assassin’s bullet at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel. (AP Photo/Sam Melhorn, The Commercial Appeal)

Martin Luther King didn’t die an American hero. By the time of his assassination in Memphis in April 1968 he had lost the support of a majority of Afr(...)