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Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Returns With Public Opinion, If Not The North Carolina Legislature, On Its Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 faith leaders and protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement staged a protest at the North Carolina legislature ...

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

Educating for the Work of Democracy -- the Freedom Spirit Then and Now

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

A national conversation called "The Changing World of Work - What Should We Ask of Higher Education?" will be launched on Wednesday, January 21st, at the National Press Club in an event from 9 am to 12 pm. It will be live streamed.

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Legend To Attend State Of The Union Address

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

Many are expected to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night but few will have the opportunity to hear his remarks in p...

#ReclaimMLK: Activists Nationwide Follow In MLK's Footsteps To Protest Injustice

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices

Martin Luther King Jr. Day held special significance for many this year, as people across the country came out to volunteer, march and celebrate the c...

Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming Our Movement Legacy

Opal Tometi | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Opal Tometi

This year, Dr. King's legacy is being thought of in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. What we know about his legacy has been largely sanitized, re-configured, and appropriated to obscure his radical vision.

My Dad Was in Selma: What Can His Grandchildren Learn From That?

Kim Marin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Marin

My dad was a seminary student at Yale Divinity School when the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place, in 1965. The marches led to the passage later that year of the Voting Rights Act. But a lot of blood was shed in the process.

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

Celebrating Dr. King Through Serving

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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.

Answering the Call: Pursuing Justice

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As Jews, we particularly understand what it means to be targeted because of our religion. But, too many of us living in America have allowed the glaring disparities of income, education, health care, and the administration of justice to fester.

Celebrate MLK, But Honor One Who Went Before Him

Martha Burk | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Known by all as the strongest advocate for equal rights for African Americans using non-violence, King has become a giant in the history of the quest for civil liberty and social justice.

The Modern Revolution Is Dead. Long Live Slow and Painful Change

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

It is tragic that profound global events of this magnitude don't result in meaningful and permanent change anymore. This is the new reality; suddenly everything is important and nothing ever gets resolved. What factors have caused society to become so ineffective in the face of rapid social change?

Martin Luther King Jr. in American Memory

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Martin Luther King Jr. conquered the challenge Abraham Lincoln outlined in his second inaugural address in 1865. No two human beings have defined freedom and the struggle for its achievement better.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

2015 Golden Globes: Big Wins for Diversity and Standing Out

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

Go 2015 Golden Globe Awards! The show gave us the comedy magic of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But more importantly, it was a night of big wins for characters and stories that personify the power of standing out exactly as who you are.

What 'Selma' Can Teach in the Classroom

Mia Toschi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Education
Mia Toschi

On a day terrorists attacked the soul and city of Paris, more than 500 educators came together on a bitterly, cold night in New York City for a private screening of the film Selma. Some traveled for more than 100 miles to watch the film and discuss "hope" and "healing."

How A Potentially Mortifying Grocery Store Interaction Changed One Child's Life

OWN | Posted 01.08.2015 | OWN

For the first several years of her life, Julia O'Driscoll had never seen, much less interacted with, anyone who wasn't Caucasian like her. It was the ...

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

The Powerful Lesson Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges Learned From Her First-Grade Teacher

OWN | Posted 12.31.2014 | OWN

When Ruby Bridges walked into her first-grade class in 1960, the tiny 6-year-old became a powerful symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the fi...

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

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

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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.

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.