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A Politics of (Dis)Respectability

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

#BlackLivesMatter leaders are advocates. In light of the incessant number of shootings of black women, men, girls and boys, they are acting out. T...

Are We Really 250 Years Away From Closing the Achievement Gap?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 01.26.2016 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

This "wait" has almost always meant "never." ... "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." --Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail...

A Sickness Unto Death: Affluenza, Tamir Rice, and the Erasure of Black Childhood

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

This difference, of how our society perceives black and white children is what makes the juxtaposition of Couch and Rice particularly compelling. The individuals within the cogs of the criminal justice system examining the liability of Officers Loehmann and Garmback in the death of Tamir Rice absolved them of responsibility in Rice's tragic death.

What White Parents Should Know About Adopting Black Children

La Sha | Posted 01.12.2016 | Black Voices
La Sha

No, adopting a black child is not an opportunity to prove you're not racist or be heralded for wanting the undesirable and loving the unlovable. It means understanding and accepting that despite the notion of race as a purely social construct, there are physical differences between us.

Blood on Their Hands: Open Carry and Tamir Rice's Stolen Innocence

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

McGinty and his grand jury have blood on their hands. And while the U.S. masquerades as an exceptionalist beacon of democracy, the community is calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the grand jury process and immediately fire Timothy Loehmann, the officer who murdered Tamir.

After No Child Left Behind, The Struggle For Education Equality Continues

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The new Every Student Succeeds Act begins a new era, but it is one without needed federal accountability and with the hopes that states will fulfill their crucial responsibility to educate all their children fairly and prepare them for work and life.

A Child's Question Made this CEO Create a Product that Empowers Children of Color

Anthony Papa | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony Papa

While conducting a class one day a 12 year old boy approached and politely asked why there was not a black Santa Clause. This question set in motion a series of meetings that eventually led to the creation of Melanin Moments, LLC a premier product company designed to uplift and empower people of color.

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.