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We Will Not Be Moved

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

One cannot truly impact the world from a safe distance, and we have never been afraid to take our position on the frontline. Our team will continue to work on the issues in the communities that need our help the most.

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 Little-Known Story That Lit a Civil Rights Fuse and Created the NAACP: My Great-Uncle's Call to Action

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 03.11.2015 | Black Voices
Burke E. Strunsky

In the tradition of investigative, watchdog journalism, that particular news story has since been credited for lighting the fuse that led to the creation of the national civil rights organization known today as the NAACP.

The Relevance of 'Selma' Today

Marcus Bright | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

As we reflect on the movie Selma and the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday it is important to not only remember the dream but to remember the cost of the dream. Our challenge is to lose ourselves in the mission of making this country a better place with more avenues of opportunity for all people.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

Integration or Apartheid for Us and Our Children

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

Don't blame public schools or teachers. Our children cannot wait another generation for integration. This country cannot wait for a way to live together and learn with one another.

Not In My Backyard

Kristen Coke | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
Kristen Coke

Don't let yourselves forget. Live in this moment. Acknowledge your fellow black Americans in this country and the fact that they are not being treated equally. Engage with this, and prove that we can work towards a better America.

Sheriff, Not Police, To Investigate Tamir Rice Shooting

AP | JOHN SEEWER | Posted 01.02.2015 | Crime

The investigation of a Cleveland police officer's deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun is being handed over to a county sheriff'...

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.

Creating Yourself with Words

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

There's a renegade thrill to Vonnegut's wisdom. Going into the arts as a career can render you into fiscal dreck, but the act of producing art, particularly writing, will endow your interiority with a sense of plenitude, of satisfaction that is hard to replicate.

I Was Taught to Be Racist for My Own Protection

Lloyd Burnett | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Lloyd Burnett

My parents were terrified that the same racism that they had endured would cause me the same tremendous pain and frustrating limitations as it had caused them. They wanted to protect me from the experiences of hate that they had lived.

How to Invest in Miracles

Harriet McDonald | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

By the time they were 18, each boy had lived in multiple foster homes. They survived their childhoods without compassion or stability. The idea of being "cared for" was a foreign concept.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

How Critics Got the New 'Annie' Wrong

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

It is strange to expect a wish-fulfillment story like Annie (no matter which version) to offer trenchant commentary on anything, and especially unsettling when a critic born in the Jim Crow era decrees that actors of color must still deliver some specific "black angle" in 2014.

Trouble in Paradise

Michaela Haas | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Michaela Haas

Ven. Dr. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She just returned from South India where she established the first nunnery for "Untouchables," and she told me about the urgent need for support for girls and women.

Leadership in the Age of Micro-Egoism

Rashawn Davis | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

I am not interested in using the unfortunate deaths of my black and brown sisters and brothers as a platform to advance myself or my "brand," rather I am much more interested in how I can lead from behind.

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.

Children Make Their Voices Heard At Protest

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

Little activists made a big impact at the Justice For All March in Washington D.C. Saturday. Their voices came in loud and clear, raising awareness...

Grieving Mothers: My Son Would Still Be Alive If He Were White

Kelly Chen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice appeared together for the first time on CNN. In an interview with Anderson...

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

Ceremonies of Dark Men

Aja Beech | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Aja Beech

A. M. Weaver has devoted much of her working life to social awareness and activism through the arts. With her latest project, Ceremonies of Dark Men, she is taking participants on a journey through the American landscape through a lens not often enough explored.

Yes, Black Folks Do Travel: Oneika the Traveller in Bangkok, Thailand (VLOG)

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

Inspired by the lack of melanin in the travel vlogs in my Youtube feed, as well as by my recently acquired selfie stick, I decided to vlog my weekend trip to Thailand.

Guidance to Help Struggling Students

S. L. Young | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit --- along with an ability to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

How to Start Over Without Regret

Mia Redrick | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Mia Redrick

We've all had to start over in some area of our lives like our career, marriage, business, education, diet, etc. It is so easy to revel in the disbelief of the disappointment that we forget the power of pursuing what is next on the horizon if we keep moving.

It is Time for a New Great Society

Marcus Bright | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Like the movement for civil rights that preceded the passage of the Great Society legislation of the 1960s, there is a need for larger scale reforms to improve the overall well-being of our society.