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Selma's Lesson for Asia

Last weekend, I watched the moving commemoration of the Selma, Alabama civil rights march of 1965 from the vantage point of Southeast Asia, and I began to think of the parellels -- and how the battle for justice and equality still goes on.  Here's the piece I wrote in my "Inside Edge" column for this week's edition of The Edge Review.  Please feel free to add your comments below.

 

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Freelance journalist and former China correspondent Keith B. Richburg has spent more than 20 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China.

A native of Detroit, Richburg began working for the Post as a summer intern in 1978. He was the Post’s foreign editor from 2005 to 2007 and the New York bureau chief from 2007 to 2009. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in international relations from The London School of Economics.

Richburg is the author of Out Of America; A Black Man Confronts Africa (Basic Books, 1997). He speaks English and French and has been learning Mandarin.