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Activists, Artists and Leaders Talk Purpose in the Amazing Race (of People) | Posted 11.27.2015 | Black Voices

Mr. Harry Belafonte, 88, a legend among men, a king among kings, is the embodiment of Black resistance.

The Man Who Heckled Pakistan's Prime Minister

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.31.2015 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Neither interrupting an event is an admirable practice nor is the silencing of the people who speak on behalf of victimized communities. We can't simply shut everybody up. How many hecklers will we silence?

Eric Holder Weighs In On Black Lives Matter And The 'Ferguson Effect'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday drew parallels between Black Lives Matter protests and the civil rights movement, dismi...

Free Speech is for the Speech You Hate, Not for the Speech You Like

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Cindi Love

I can relate to the impact of saying what one believes to be true when other people don't want to hear it. That is why I feel alarmed today about the campus-based and society-wide movement toward censorship.

Do You Have a Woodlawn in Your Past?

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Gordon Bennett

Woodlawn is based on the true story of Tony Nathan. Nathan was a gifted African American high school football player, who in 1973, was bused, along with other black students in the name of school integration to Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

What Should Teachers Know?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.26.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Reasonable people agree that teachers should know the content of the subject matter they teach -- history, math, literature -- whatever it is. But should they have a good understanding of how children learn?

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

A Chat With Beth Vrabel About Her Middle Grade Novel "A Blind Guide to Stinkville"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In Beth Vrabel's funny, touching middle grade novel "A Blind Guide to Stinkville," a spunky 12- year old named Alice moves with her family from Seattle to a small paper mill town in South Carolina. In Seattle, Alice's blindness and albinism were almost a non-issue.

Premilla Nadasen On Domestic Workers, Poverty, Cops & What Is to Be Done

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"House Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement" is a wonderful read, skillfully written and meticulously researched. So I thought I'd pick the brain of the author, Premilla Nadasen, and see what light she can shed on this dirty little secret of American life.

War on Islam Comes to Our Backyards

Manal Omar | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Manal Omar

The escalation of tension among the American-Muslim community is an opportunity for us to once more examine the role of religion in society from a multi-disciplinary lens. It is an opportunity to reject the simplistic and sensational narrative that is leading to a cycle of violence.

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.