Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams with Oprah Winfrey at the Cobb Civic Centre in Marietta, Georgia. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty

The rain was torrential but the atmosphere was electric. In an empty parking lot on the outskirts of Macon, a town about 130km south of Atlanta, crowd(...)

 Sister Josephine (left), Sister Gabrielle (right)  (and their  youngest sister Ann (centre), who later left religious life. Photo courtesy of the Murray family

In 1951 five teenage girls set sail from Cobh in Co Cork for Texas to become nuns in a San Antonio convent school set up to educate black children and(...)

Banners created by British artist Ed Hall

The well-made banner is as much a part of the iconography of the left as the red flag. Banners originated during the Industrial Revolution when worke(...)

 Séamus Mallon, pictured in 1998 sitting behind Gerry Adams at an address in Belfast by Bill Clinton, has little affection for the Sinn Féin leader: “I just can’t be in the same room with him. There’s just something about him that I recoil from. He has his hand in too many awful events, too many.” Photograph: AP

Séamus Mallon today lives quietly in Markethill in Co Armagh perched just above the remnants of a wall that, centuries ago, was a bulwark against all (...)

Recy Taylor photographed in 2010. Her rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention in the US. Photograph: AP Photo/Phelan M Ebenhack

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Alabama, on the night of September 3rd, 1944, whe(...)

 Who owns the right to outrage? Folk opera Counting Sheep is set during the 2014 Maidan revolution.   Photograph: Jeremy Mimnagh

In the United States, an artist paints a portrait of a dead black boy. At Imma, an art video looks at internment. Soon a mega musical set in the Vietn(...)

 Harry Edwards: teaches sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He also works to place minorities into the front offices of professional football teams. Photograph: by Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

It’s common when writing about Dr Harry Edwards to use the word ‘towering,’ partly in reference to his status as scholar and activist at the frontier (...)

Michael Hayes on BBC Northern Ireland where he declared himself an active participant in the Birmingham massacre of November 21st, 1974.

On Tuesday, Seán Crowe rose to make a fine speech in the Dáil to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Speaking on behalf of Sinn Féin(...)

Paul Auster: “The very act of writing a novel or a poem strikes a blow for democracy.” Photograph: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images

Paul Auster has some ideas about how to resist what he says is going to be a real assault on American society. We meet in the novelist’s Brooklyn brow(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

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