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Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."

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.

Hate, Homophobia, and Heteropatriarchy at the Hampton Minister's Conference

Ahmad Cheers | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ahmad Cheers

As upwards of 8,000 clergy convene next week at Hampton University, an interesting yet disturbing subtext has emerged that casts a cloud over the gathering.

Celebrating Dr. King Through Serving

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I first heard Dr. King speak in person at a Spelman College chapel service during my senior year in college. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott five years earlier.

Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a nation it's time to close our hypocrisy gap in the treatment of our children and value and protect our children -- all of them. We need to examine with urgency how we treat our children and the gap between what we say and what we do.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

Prayers For Our Children For The New Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.

Black Voters Need to Wake Up

Karen Hunter | Posted 12.22.2014 | Black Voices
Karen Hunter

I am a registered Republican. And I'm black. I'm for civil and equal rights. A raise in minimum wage, I'm for a woman's right to choose an abortion. My switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party was not about ideology but about power.

Making Way for Jackie Robinson: The Quiet Fight of the Brown Bomber

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

It's that time of the year when we honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. While he appreciated the sentiment, Robinson often recalled he was not the only black pioneer in sports.

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.

Florida Republicans: "We Have To Pull In The Blacks"

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 08.09.2013 | Miami

BOCA RATON -- Still reeling from losses they didn't expect, Republicans strategists are hoping black voters, who are the Democrats' most stalwart supp...

The Reactionary Nature of Black Politics

Pascal Robert | Posted 07.11.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

The image above is the cover jacket from Professor Frederick C. Harris' excellent book, "The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Decli...

The Politics of Redemption and Black Leadership Revisited

Pascal Robert | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

The politics of redemption is premised on the need for blacks to constantly seek the validation and approval of whites. Besides being terribly humiliating as a construct, the politics of redemption is a bankrupt world view, and an even more repellent political strategy.

The Historical Failure of Black Leadership

Pascal Robert | Posted 04.06.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

What has happened to black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.

A Strong Signal From Gov. Haley

Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Black Voices
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr.

Sunday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley appointed a black man, Rep. Tim Scott, to the vacant South Carolina Senate seat. It's an excellent signal to her party that it must, in appointive and legislative positions, recommend candidates who will attract the support and votes of black people.

Janell Ross

New Urban Politics Emerges In Race to Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 11.27.2012 | Black Voices

In 2011, as Illinois politicians redrew congressional district maps, they exercised a power grab that was intended to protect those already in office ...

Yes Barack, You ARE The President of Black America

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

The president's remarks reflect a consistent perception that there are members of the African American community who expect too much of the Obama Administration.

Where Up-And-Coming Black Politicos Went To School

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

In keeping with BlackVoices' back-to-school theme this month, we decided to take a look at the college backgrounds of some rising political stars. ...

Marco Rubio, Clarence Thomas, and Immigration

Marcus Bright | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Marcus Bright

Why should Obama's declaration matter if Rubio's genuine objective is to improve the lives of many undocumented immigrants through more comprehensive immigration reforms?

Why Few Blacks Are Running For High Office In The Age Of Obama

The American Prospect | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

Even in the Age of Obama, serious impediments remain for the most ambitious black politicians....

Cultural Critic Tricia Rose: "We may have to conclude that Obama didn't materially transform black life."

Rakim Brooks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices
Rakim Brooks

This is the first interview in the Black History Month series "Perspectives on Black Politics in the Age of Obama."

Should Black Americans Expect More From Obama Than Any Other President?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 03.25.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Supporting a black president is very important. But the same courage that it takes for us to get out and vote for the president must be returned with courageous policy that reflects the interests of those who support him.

How Black America Grew as a Result of the Obama Presidency

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Millions of black folks were watching the throne when Obama was sworn in and gladly putting his picture right next to Martin Luther King and Jesus. But the Obama presidency has served as a marvelous and intriguing political education for the African American community.

Herman Cain, Eddie Long and Powerful Black Men in the Pulpit

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Both Herman Cain and Eddie Long are birds of a feather. Their narcissistic disregard for the pain they've caused so many others should perhaps force us to ask ourselves why we gave these men so much power.

Sorry Chris Rock, but President Obama is Nobody's "Gangsta"

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.18.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Comedian Chris Rock made some interesting comments this week about President Barack Obama. Rock, who is a strong supporter of the president, felt comp...