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Civil Rights Movement

Google Pays Tribute To Ida B. Wells, Fearless Journalist And All-Round Badass

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.16.2015 | Media

When Ida B. Wells was 22, she was asked by a conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company to give up her seat on the train to a white man....

Martin Luther King's Politics of Hope - Beyond Polarization

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Harry Boyte

The Pope follows in the tradition of Martin Luther King and others in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Keenly aware of the power of southern segregationists, they advanced a politics aimed at winning over the broad middle of American society.

Ella Baker and the Politics of Hope -- Lessons From the Civil Rights Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Harry Boyte

As I argued recently, Pope Francis' climate encyclical, Laudato Si, shows powerful resources in Catholic and other faith traditions for addressing the challenge of climate change. But in immediate terms, it does little to affect the pessimistic public mood.

10 Things I Learned about Nina Simone

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened What Happened, Ninan Simone? on Netflix. The title comes from a Maya Angelou quote: Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by million...

Brennan Williams

Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

After a decade in development, Nina Simone’s authorized documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was released in select theaters and on Netfl...

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

Samantha Lachman

New Nina Simone Documentary Recalls Past Struggles While Echoing Present

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices

While watching "What Happened, Miss Simone?" -- a new documentary about the legendary singer-songwriter Nina Simone -- it's almost impossible not to t...

The Art of Being Alive Series: Color Blind Millennials in the Era of Black Lives Matter by Latasha Kinnard

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Adedayo Fashanu

In the past 12 months my brother has been harassed by police twice. Once with a gun pointed directly at his chest. He wonders why the color of his skin makes him a target when all he wants to do is play ball in his neighborhood.

Daniel Marans

How Media Covered A Heinous Attack On A Black Church 50 Years Ago

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

As Americans mourn Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, it's perhaps worth looking back at the co...

On White Negroes, Jim Jones and "Sista" Rachel

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal's passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.

Reviving the Real American Dream

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

As we head into an election season marked by bitter polarization, how can we develop a renewed sense of ourselves as a whole people, responsible for democracy as a way of life, not simply elections?

Police Criminals and the Brutalization of Black Girls

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

As with police beatings and murders of men of color, there is no special dispensation for black women victims of state violence, no "weaker sex" clause that mitigates the brutalization of black women's bodies as hypersexualized policed space.

MLK's Lessons for Hawaii

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 06.11.2015 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

So here we are in 2015. Rich folks and corporations are still calling the shots. It's not that there aren't important victories. There are. But until movements unite there will be no meaningful change.

Julia Craven

Montel Williams Is Right: DeRay Mckesson Is 'No MLK' And That's Just Fine

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 06.10.2015 | Black Voices

Montel Williams, the former talk-show host best known for a program that ended over seven years ago, tweeted on Wednesday criticizing DeRay Mckesson, ...

Swimming Pools

Michael W. Waters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

The American Civil Rights Movement unfolded over many decades and upon multiple planes. Most commonly, however, the planes of struggle considered are public schools, lunch counters, and buses. Yet, one of the most significant planes upon which this critical history unfolded were places of recreation: beaches and swimming pools.

We Pass on the Dance

Robert F. Darden | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

Perhaps you have seen it; for once seen, it is hard to forget. Norman Rockwell is best known as the painter of a charming Americana, delightful scenes of families and neighbors and neighborly-ness. But in the spring of 1965, the editors of Look magazine commissioned a different kind of painting.

Robert Putnam's 'Our Kids' and the Story of Us

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Harry Boyte

Putnam calls for citizens to lobby for federal policies such as expanded tax credits for the poor, more day care and growth in community colleges -- much the legislative agenda of President Obama, who was denounced for "class warfare" when he proposed it.

Black Women in the Fight Against Police Brutality

William Lynch III | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
William Lynch III

Mosby's courageous decision to prosecute makes her just one of the many black women over the decades who have worked hard to quell the scourge of police brutality. Black women have played a substantial role in bringing national and international attention to the issue, both in the past and today.

Witness to a "Crisis:" 1950s Black Youth Activism That Propels Many Today

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Ravi K. Perry

As we approach the anniversary of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, on May 17th, the story of struggle and progress in Little Rock reminds us of the roots of Black youth activism in American racial history.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

The Moral Challenge of Our Time

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Someone must issue a moral call to arms to reclaim the banner of decency, moral outrage, and nonviolence to save our children. Yes, young black men are our children.

Broken Windows, Broken Spines

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. Its self-designated guardians and explainers look on, at times, confused. "But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires -- these are statistics. There's no excuse for that kind of violence, right?"

The Baltimore Uprising and the Civil Rights Movement of the Millennial Generation

Hettie Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices
Hettie Williams

The racial state formed as a result of the institution of slavery, as predicated on white supremacist beliefs illustrated in segregation after 1896, has been transformed into a structural crisis faced by urban black communities today.

The Wayward Movement of the Movement

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

While I am tremendously proud of all the organizing efforts that are taking place all over the country, I don't think we have spent much time thinking about where we are going. I think this is partly due to the fact that many people are just trying to survive.

John Lewis Honors The Freedom Riders 54 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) shared a photo on Twitter Monday on the 54th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides. Lewis and 12 others left Washin...