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Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), Only Woman Quoted in Current U.S. Passport

Kate Kelly | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Kate Kelly

Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) is not a household name, nor is she someone encountered in most U.S. history books. Yet throughout her life, she fervently pushed for progress, particularly for education and progress for African-American women

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

Hidden In The Open: A Photographic Essay Of African-American Male Couples

Posted 02.16.2012 | Gay Voices

The following essay and stunning photographs come to HuffPost Gay Voices courtesy of Trent Kelley, a Texas-based playwright. Kelley, who says he colle...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's providential for Michelle's sake that LaVaughn ever met Fraser C. Robinson, Jr. because he would have much preferred to never leave the South.

Rex Sinquefield Apologizes For Comment Linking Schools With KKK

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education

After sparking controversy by quoting a former judge who stated the Klu Klux Klan designed the American public school system to hurt African-Americans...

Voice To Voice: LaWana Mayfield And Rhonda Watlington Discuss African-American LGBT History, Obama, And More

Posted 02.13.2012 | Gay Voices

Our Voice To Voice conversation series began in January with a collection of interviews between LGBT authors discussing their work, queer life and som...

A Teachable Moment for CNN's Roland Martin and GLAAD

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.10.2012 | Media
Debbie Hines

Two wrongs don't make a right. Roland Martin's offensive tweets were wrong. GLAAD's handling of the matter was also wrong. Hopefully, CNN will not make a third wrong in firing Roland Martin or delaying his on air comeback.

Before Obama: Remembering Black Reconstruction Era Politicians

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ances...

Many With Only High School Diploma Laid Off During Weak Recovery

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

For many in the United States, the two years since the end of the recession have been worse than the downturn itself. Among those Americans with o...

Beyond National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Openness Every Day

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 04.08.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

For National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to recall how one man's insistence on openness and honesty about AIDS in the black community generated support and saved lives in Los Angeles and beyond.

Shattering the Silence Around HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 04.08.2012 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Out of love for our people and ourselves, we have to find constructive ways to embrace human sexuality without judgment. Our people are dying simply because those of us who have the power to save lives have not dealt with our own hang-ups.

'African American'? 'Black'? How To Identify Is Often A Touchy Question

AP | By JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 04.06.2012 | Black Voices

-- The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. Today, many are re...

Reading the Pictures: Stephen Crowley's Extraordinary Photo of Santorum at an African-American Church

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2012 | Media
Michael Shaw

2012-02-02-Screenshot20120202at7.57.56AM.pngHere is a true "emperor's new clothes" moment, not to mention a brilliant example of the photojournalist refusing to play along.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.02.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

This is the second in a series about the ancestry of the First Lady. The introduction can be found here: Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginni...

Mr. Gingrich, The Faith Community Has Occupied Your Campaign

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Joi Ruth Orr

We are fed up and done with politicians and public figures debasing our communities and children. We will not stand for it.

New York City and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Alan Singer | Posted 03.28.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Metal detectors at school entrances make many New York City schools feel more like prisons than places where young people want to be and contribute to the sense that these are not a place where people are respected.

Men of the USS Monitor: Daniel Moore, African American Sailor and Hero

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Daniel Moore was one of the 16 sailors who went down with the USS Monitor. A former slave from Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy but would sadly have little time to enjoy his freedom before sacrificing his life in the service of his country.

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Pastors of Poor Children

Joi Ruth Orr | Posted 03.23.2012 | Black Voices
Joi Ruth Orr

As a candidate vying for the Republican Presidential nomination, to suggest that poor children collectively lack a work ethic and drive for legal and productive work is entirely classist. Our children deserve better than your degrading rhetoric.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

Wall Street Was a Slave Market Before It Was a Financial Center

Alan Singer | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

December 13, 2011 was the three hundredth anniversary of the law passed by the New York City Common Council that made Wall Street the city's official slave market.

Has Christianity Become A "Get Out Of Jail Free Card" For African Americans?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Dr. Boyce Watkins

There's nothing more awkward than to be the one southern black man in the room who says that he's not quite sure about Christianity. No one attacks you for asking questions, they just "pray" for you.

We Must Win Back the American Dream for the 99% In 2012

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.17.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

As we honor Dr. King's legacy this year, we must remember that working families deserve economic justice, including America's 13 million unemployed, the long-term unemployed and the 24 million people looking for work.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...Oprah?!

Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts

William Mwazi is an artist with an active imagination and a social conscience. In his artwork, he depicts Black celebrities, politicians, and academic...

Martin Luther King Jr. And The Educational Parity Revolution

John Silvanus Wilson Jr. | Posted 03.17.2012 | Education
John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

It is reasonable to speculate that Dr. King's deep concern about equity would have extended to American higher education. He would have recognized economic disparity as a common root of the challenges facing African-Americans, HBCUs and the American future itself.

'They Shot Him, Papa!': Finding Smarter Ways to Talk to Kids About Diversity

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

This is how we found out that they were talking about race: over dinner, she announced that Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted people with white skin and brown skin to be friends but people got mad so they shot him.