On the July 4 edition of The New York Times Close Up, the civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel discusses how far we've come and the promises still unkept.

The writer and one of the stars of the musical "Amazing Grace," along with theatre reporter Michael Paulson, discuss the difficult history the musical brings home and the story behind the song "Amazing Grace."

Professor and legal scholar Kenji Yoshino discusses his latest book, "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" about continuing our evolution as a nation.

Nytimes.com brings us the sights and sounds of this year's gay pride parade.

Penn and Teller have returned to Broadway, and Metro reporter Michael Wilson accompanied them on a nostalgic tour of Times Square for a recent article in the Arts and Leisure section.

And the New York Times reporters roundtable convenes.