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Civil Rights Movement

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...

Moment of Silence

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What happens next? A serious movement for political and social change has to cohere around the endemic violence. The changes must include better-trained police, an end to racial profiling, the demilitarization of the police and a national embrace of community policing. This is just a start. We need a new civil rights movement. Let it begin with a moment of silence.

Check Out the Emerging Coalition Unifying Black Lives Matter, LGBT Equality, and the Fight for a Living Wage

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Three of the progressive movements that are most active right now are Black Lives Matter, the push for LGBT rights, and the push for a minimum/living wage. Each of these movements is powerful on its own. Working together, they can achieve much more. And they are coming together.

Disappearing Excellence: 'Massive Resistance' Is Preventing Loretta Lynch's Attorney General Confirmation

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

Her record of sustained excellence does not deserve the smug derision that partisan senators have offered this year. Yet, their recalcitrance should have been anticipated, as this continues the historic demagoguery we have witnessed over the last six years.

The Prophet of "Jordan's Mists"

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

The sun comes up slowly on the banks of Louisiana's bayou's. Lazy mornings mark the arrival of day even as moss covered trees swing sweetly in the hot and steamy breeze.

'A Public Menace'

Slate | Dorian Lynskey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices

In 1916 a 41-year-old man in Los Angeles published a short pamphlet called “The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America.” In passionate if somewha...

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

John Perdew: A Great Civil Rights Activist

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Holtzman

John's life has a lesson for us today. His struggle -- our struggle -- for a just society, for true equality and respect -- is not over. Far from it. All we have to look at is the widespread assault on the Voting Rights Act today. But like him, we cannot walk away; we cannot give up.

Reaching the Finish Line

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 05.25.2015 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In our everyday fights to silence the racist chants of misguided college students and stifle overaggressive police who racially profile black children, we must reach the finish line. The next generation should never have to question whether their lives matter.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 05.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
TNTP

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.

Agents of Change: 5 Remarkable Individuals You Need To Know

Greg Archer | Posted 05.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era where the media remain...

A New Name for the Selma Bridge Is Long Overdue

Anjali Enjeti | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Anjali Enjeti

Perhaps you've never heard of Edmund Winston Pettus, a Civil War General, U.S. Senator, and in 1877, the Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. But you know his bridge.

Izola Curry, Woman Who Stabbed MLK, Has Died

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices

Izola Ware Curry, the woman who attempted to kill Martin Luther King Jr. by stabbing him with a steel letter opener in 1958, has reportedly died. She ...

My President, My Preacher

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

On Saturday in Selma, we heard something we had never heard before. Something new had been added to the president's speech. This unlicensed, un-ordained preacher/president spoke words that returned us again to faith in God, faith in America and faith in ourselves.

How Madonna Succumbed to 'Victory Blindness'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Madonna and many others are intoxicated by the heady whirl of victory -- which the media magnifies in an extraordinary way -- and appear to believe, living within this seductive moment of advances for LGBT rights, that we've "arrived" and the rest of it is inevitable.