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Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Almost a century after their service, Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin were finally awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I.

Low-Income Black Women At Greater Risk For Heart Disease, Stroke

Reuters | Kathryn Doyle | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters Health) - Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with...

African American Success Factors

Marshall Cannon | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Marshall Cannon

The African American community has been damaged to an extent that if Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey and Sojourner Truth came back to see what now exists, they wouldn't recognize it.

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

Memorial Day: Correcting the Story of World War I Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Henry Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin are being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. Not surprisingly, a fair bit of information about both soldiers can be found online, and while personal details about Sgt. Shemin are mostly accurate, Sgt. Johnson's are frequently distorted.

In Their Own Words Part I- The Black Classical Singer Experience

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Please note: This is Part I of a three-part article. Stay tuned. PART I "Because here's the thing -- the road ahead is not going to be easy.  It ne...

What the Republican Nominee Says About the Party

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The most recent Pew data show that 48 percent of Americans say they identify as Democrat or lean Democrat, compared with 39 percent on the Republican side. The 2016 Republican primary then, necessarily hinges on how the GOP candidates might be able to adjust to this reality.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

Grandmother to Child

Quassan Castro | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Grandmother You sit Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket Rock back and forth On that old rusty country porch Whom the neighbors across the st...

'Inclusion Is Bad for Business'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Inclusion has never expanded my opportunities, or tapped into my creative excellence to solve organizational problems. But engagement has. This is because inclusion is about the company choosing which aspects of me to embrace. When I'm engaged, not only do I excel, the company wins.

Why Black Women in the United States Must Talk About Menstruation Now

Cece Jones-Davis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cece Jones-Davis

Despite these understandable challenges, I do believe now is the time for us to engage in menstrual hygiene advocacy, for ourselves as well as for women and girls around the world. Our silence about menstruation has kept us psychologically and reproductively sick.

White Privilege and the Deadly Effect of Silence

Linda Louden | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Linda Louden

Instead of choosing silence, we need to stay in the conversation and get even more vulnerable. We need to choose to tolerate our fear and discomfort, and hang in there with the ambiguity of not knowing what to do next. We need to choose to own our ignorance and mistakes.

Author Beverly Jenkins' Romance With the Past

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thirty-one books later, Jenkins is known for introducing readers to little known histories of African-Americans in the 19th century, amid tales of complicated and strong heroines and the men who they grow to love.

France's Approach to Fighting Racism: Pretty Words and Magical Thinking

Crystal Fleming | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Crystal Fleming

Too many French people seem to imagine that if they close their eyes to race, click their heels three times and repeat the words "Liberty", "Equality" and "Freedom", the boogeyman of racism will simply vanish and disappear. No systematic data or policies necessary. Only pretty, magical, colorblind words.

Life for Us Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

Danielle Moss Lee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Danielle Moss Lee

When I see the video of panic-stricken Toya Graham, I see myself, and all the other Black mothers who are desperate to keep our children physically, spiritually and emotionally safe in a society that doesn't honor their childhood. It's a special desperation known mostly by the oppressed.

The Missing

John Feffer | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

One of the most remarkable symbols of racial discrimination are the missing African-American men. According to an analysis last month in The New York Times, 1.5 million African American men have gone missing in this country.

The Passion and Perseverance of Dr. Johnnetta Cole

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

In the field of higher education, there is no one more iconic than Dr. Johnnetta Cole. She is revered for her achievements as the first African American woman president of Spelman College and Bennett College.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

You Are Wrong

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

If say you are religious, spiritual, Christian or any other religion and you find yourself quoting scripture to demonstrate your faith, please take a closer look at the passages about poverty and justice. It is impossible to walk in the footsteps and grace of any God and not care about the injustices against African Americans in our nation.

If I Were a Black Man

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Whether or not one believes in the fairness of the justice system, the picture that African-Americans see is stark and bleak. The facts stare them in the face every day.

Five Historic Sites with Fresh Perspectives on Interpreting Slavery and Freedom

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Using different approaches, all of the five sites work to spark a dialogue that will lead to understanding and reconciliation.

The Baltimore Riots, Inequality and Federal Inaction

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The killings of Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray, along with the militarization of municipal police forces, the rise of the prison-industrial complex, and the riots, are all symptoms of a much deeper malady.

Why the American Flag Is the Least of My Worries

Jared Loggins | Posted 06.25.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

If the American flag should be a metaphor and a symbol of anything, it should be of radical possibility -- where the black and brown citizens at the margins are central to America's care and concern, where calls for patriotic response is not the mask of those who refuse to admit the nation's terrible truths.

Encouraging Diversity in the National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.