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Cooper v. Aaron and Judicial Authority: Lessons From Little Rock

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

This week marks the anniversary of a decision that has stirred debate about the constitutional role of the judiciary for more than half a century. In a remarkable opinion signed by each of its nine members, the Supreme Court in Cooper v. Aaron (1958) stated that public officials in Little Rock, Arkansas, were required to implement a desegregation plan.

Las Vegas Reunites Rat Pack with Sammy Davis, Jr. Street Naming

Joel Brokaw | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Brokaw

For both his children and millions of his fans, the dedication of Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 is a fitting commemoration of the legacy of the legendary entertainer and a living reminder of the lasting contributions he made to the city he loved.

Absurdity Separated By Four Days

Byron Williams | Posted 09.24.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The death of the four girls more than a half-century later is a haunting reminder of the gulf between what we would like to be and what we are. It revealed the incongruity between what America prophetically put on paper and how those practices played themselves out in reality.

Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald" : An Education!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald" is brilliant in its simplicity, rich in the issues it raises. Kempner's narrative rise of Julius Rosenwald touches on racism, the legacy of slavery, wealth disparity, social responsibility, education, poverty, and economic mobility. She seems to leave only one stone unturned . . . but it is an important one.

Will The Ferguson Commission's Final Report Just Collect Dust On A Shelf?

The Huffington Post | Mariah Stewart | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

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Birmingham Shakes Up the Deep South with an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s that spread throughout the south, organizers hope their push to increase the minimum wage will spread to other cities. They are already planning efforts in other Alabama cities.

She Held Us All: A Tribute to Amelia Boynton-Robinson (1911-2015)

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Truthfully, as she crossed that bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, and as she endured being beaten mercilessly by state troopers and pumped with tear gas at point blank range, she held us all in her arms. She courageously carried us towards freedom.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 104

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights...

The Shared DNA of Health and Justice

Ellen Lawton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

We must remember that health does not exist in a vacuum separate from wealth, from the laws we write, from the systems we create to protect our citizens, or from the injustices that exist in each of these things.

The Story Behind An Iconic Picture Of Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

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Activists Remember Julian Bond: He Exemplified The 'Best Of The Black Freedom Struggle'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices

Iconic civil rights activist Julian Bond died on Saturday, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the fight for racial equality and hu...

Black Lives Matter and the Presidential Primaries

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 08.14.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Moral outrage is timeless. The BLM Movement needs to decide whether its principal strategic objective is to defeat, embarrass, or publicly disrupt the campaigns of those candidates running for president of the United States; or, instead, to engage them as a potential allies in its struggle to get our nation to finally acknowledge, 24/7, that Black Lives really Matter.

New Recording Of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech Discovered

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.14.2015 | Black Voices

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gath...

A Progressive Take: Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

The Black Lives Matter movement promised to be the medicine to our ailment: to take racism head on and crush it.

Was Mister Rogers Racist? Twelve Facts About Our Favorite Neighbor

Michael G. Long | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.

The Original Voter Suppression Data: The Numbers Behind the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Jon Sherman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Jon Sherman

As we commemorate this singular achievement of the Civil Rights Movement and think about the inspiring stories of the people who worked to pass this legislation, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) sought to revisit the numbers behind the VRA's most innovative and transformative provision.

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.

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 | 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 | 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.