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A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.

Too Much, Too Soon

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Whether biological, adoptive, spiritual or communal, mother and father figures have in our might the power to shape society's next thinkers and change-agents. Yet, sometimes parents get it wrong.

Protect Our Black Children

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Who can we count on to protect our children if the police and their teachers believe it is justifiable to treat them like animals?

The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called "the pope of the poor." But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation -- the world's largest economy.

Talented Siblings Play Music In A Subway Station To Raise Money For The Homeless

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices

These three siblings are proving just how much black kids really rock. Lauren and Ashleigh, who are both gifted violinists, and Christian, an accompl...

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

For First Time, Number Of Black Kids In Poverty Overtakes Number of White Kids

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business

Here's the latest indication that huge portions of the U.S. have missed out on the economic recovery: The number of black children living in poverty o...

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

McKinney, Texas And The Hypervisible Invisibility Of Black Children

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media
Olivia Cole

When blackness is conditioned into the psyche of a society as inherently bad, there is no such thing as children -- only blackness and the "badness" that comes with it. It is this ideology that leads adult white men -- police officers -- to use the kind of force we've seen in the McKinney footage against black children.

I Have The Big Job Of Teaching My Black Children About Police

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Police, at this point in my children's lives, continue to represent and practice safety, assistance, respect and justice. But I know the day is coming when my children will stop being adorable little kids who garner high-fives and smiles and compliments from adults.

Kelly Rowland Gets Real About The Pressures Of Raising A Black Son In America

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

Singer Kelly Rowland is acutely aware of the pressures of raising a black son in America, especially when the names of slain black children and teens ...

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

'Make Me a Woman'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sarye Huggins is a high school senior in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, a community disproportionately plagued by poverty and violence. Her journey from being a smart, shy girl attending some of the poorest and roughest schools in New York City towards becoming a strong, confident young woman has not been easy.

3 Black Adoptees Speak Out About Life With White Parents

The Root | Danielle C. Belton | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

Does love know no color? The ad campaign for Kevin Costner’s new film Black or White definitely supports that idea, pushing the hashtag #LoveKnow...

Black Infant Deaths Point to Flaw in U.S. Health Care System

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
The University of Central Florida Forum

When it comes to health disparities the burden is obvious, as a myriad of social and individual risk factors combine to form the disadvantage for blacks. Blacks in the United States have a greater risk of illness, injury, disease and death than other racial and ethnic groups.

Your Opportunity to Prevent Another Ferguson

Ama Yawson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

America's Persistent Struggle to Love Black Youth

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Black children are presently under continual assault by well-maintained practices of white racial domination and exclusion, resulting in the marginalization of Africans and African Americans into adulthood. These children are under attack physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Pray Less, Do More

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Sadly, there isn't a shortage of tragedies in black communities. Read any newspaper in any part of the country, from Detroit to Omaha to Chicago to Ne...

A Continuing Portrait of Inequality: The Black Child in Today's America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Black history is American history. I hope this Black History Month is not just about our history but about our obligation to protect our children and move our nation forward in our multiracial world.

Governor Cuomo, It's Time to Raise the Age

Letitia James | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Letitia James

Governor Cuomo should continue to make strides in criminal justice reform by putting an end to an injustice that sets us apart from nearly every other state in the nation.

Zimmerman Verdict -- Where Do We Go From Here?

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

I want what every mother wants, what Trayvon Martin's parents wanted -- for my children to be safe. I want to not have to stay up at night wondering if they might fall prey to racial profiling or stereotyping that could hurt their hearts or, worse yet, take freedom or their very lives.

Black, Poor Children Twice As Likely To Do This Than White Peers: Study

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Black children and teens in the United States are almost twice as likely as their white peers to consume more than 500 calories a...