I'm incredibly saddened by the passing of John A. Payton, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Our nation has lost a brilliant warrior for justice, and I've lost a dear friend and colleague in the movement.
In the wake of the Sandra Fluke vs. Rush Limbaugh media frenzy, we've begun to ask some very interesting questions. The queries popping up over the Fluke-Limbaugh controversy has brought a question to my mind: What if Sandra Fluke were a woman of color?
I made Woke Up Black to document what Trayvon's story tells us -- how race can influence and override many other factors in determining the futures of African-American youth.
The New York City Police Department's (NYPD) Stop, Question-and-Frisk Program, known as "Stop-and-Frisk," must end. The safety of our communities cannot be purchased at the price of the civil liberties of the law abiding citizenry of New York City (NYC).
The nation has rightly called into question Rush Limbaugh's recent verbal attacks on women; now it is time to shed light on Sarah Palin's subversive attacks on African Americans.
Last week I had the opportunity to cover the #SELMA2012 march. I found it interesting that so many people I spoke to were completely unaware of the historic retread of the Selma to Montgomery march of 1965. Outside of a small select group of media outlets, the march went largely ignored by mainstream media.
Last week's 47th commemoration of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965 marks a new phase in the civil rights movement. Though our nation has progressed since 1965, we are not yet finished with the struggle to include everyone in the fullness that American life has to offer.
As the saying goes, "Democrats fall in love with their candidate, Republicans fall in line." As the 2012 presidential race heats up and the Republicans finally and painfully choose their nominee, the statement above certainly rings true.
The fight for LGBT rights comes down to the very basic truth that for equality to have real meaning, fairness and equal treatment under the law must extend to everyone.
It is imperative that we not only understand the fight against restrictive voter ID laws , but that we also acknowledge that racist, anti-immigration laws, like Alabama's HB56, is an assault on the very values that civil rights marchers stood for nearly 50 years ago.
There is a "War on Voting" in this country and, wherever you live, you need to be paying close attention. The Constitution protects voters from discrimination, but that protection is being challenged in states across the nation, and making it harder for people to vote.
If research consistently shows that a diverse environment in higher education is essential for student development, and the government sponsors a task force on this same subject, then why is the Supreme Court sending a contradictory message?
It is important to understand the context and the history of a region before blundering blindly forward to "help" a people you don't understand.
This nation has a love-hate relationship with bullies. In one breath, society condemns bullying. And yet our society thrives on it, encourages it and glorifies it.
At 76, years old, Bettye Jones never imagined she could be denied her right to vote. Active in the Civil Rights movement, she worked in support of voting rights. But now, because of Wisconsin's voter ID law, Jones is uncertain as to whether she will ever be able to cast a ballot again.