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Civil Rights Movement

It's Time to Stop Whitewashing Civil Rights History

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Civil Rights Doc "Eyes On The Prize" Returns To TV With Fresh Perspective

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Growing up after the Civil Rights Movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings, from any firsthand experiences of that era. Instead the bulk of his knowledge came from books and documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize. Hastings has now helped ensure the return of this documentary to television for a new generation.

The Worst Reason to Not Vote for Bernie Sanders

Cody Gough | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

But what does it say about the United States if its citizens are afraid to vote for a candidate because they don't believe their government will allow the leader of the free world to address the biggest domestic problems it faces?

Tilting at Windmills

Yara Zgheib | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

At the risk of seeming mad, at the risk of failing, we must never stop seeking, "in a world suddenly too small for existing cosmologies, a reality large enough to contain what we have seen"...

Martin Luther King Jr.: The Chief Aim of Education Is to Save Man from the Morass of Propaganda

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Many of the civil rights movement's demands had to do with the unequal schools and truncated educational opportunities African American children -- and other children of color -- faced.

It's time to honor Dr. King's commitment to voting rights @HuffPostBlog

Jose Calderon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

It's time for Congress to get serious about protecting the voting rights of all Americans. Dr. King wouldn't expect any less from us.

Finding the Authentic MLK

Byron Williams | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The authentic lens of an imperfect prophet, the words are the statement of radical nonconformity. The authentic King is an unwavering prisoner of hope, not someone endowed with syrupy sentimentality.

What Happened to the Dream?

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 01.18.2016 | Books
Michael Gordon Bennett

As the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I'm left to ponder my own existence juxtaposed against his prophetic words on a late August day in 1963.

What I Learned About Populism From the Civil Rights Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

The movement's politics of empowerment has been largely forgotten today. While Trump and Sanders tap anger, they express it in radically different ways. Trump employs a politics of scapegoating.

6 MLK Quotes Applied to Female Body Image

Dr. Felicia Clark | Posted 01.18.2016 | Women
Dr. Felicia Clark

We know and love the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for being a civil rights icon who helped African-Americans. However, his works also helped women's rights, rights for immigrants, and many other movements for human dignity.

People Across The Country Share How MLK Has Inspired Them

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices

Today, we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. for his undeniable impact on the Civil Rights Movement, his unwavering commitment to uplifting the black co...

These Vintage Photos Of Jewish-Black Unity Show How Powerful Interfaith Activism Can Be

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.16.2016 | Religion

On August 28, 1963, a few minutes before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most important speeches in American history, a white man in...

5 Reasons Mental Health Is a Hidden Civil Rights Issue

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Janine Francolini

In January, we celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in his memory, we reflect on the civil rights victories achieved an...

Whitman Teaches the Movement -- Your Campus Can Too!

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 01.14.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

For months we've been watching students on campuses across the country demand inclusion and racial equality. In a short time, students at Whitman College will do something about it.

50 Years Ago, This Man Was Murdered For Being a Voting Rights Activist

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Vernon Dahmer being killed by the Ku Klux Klan. On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote.

Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of a powerful statement of protest against the Vietnam War.

Ozell Sutton, Longtime Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 90

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) -- Ozell Sutton, a longtime civil rights activist who was associated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 90. His daug...

You've Never Seen The Civil Rights Movement Captured Like This

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 12.14.2015 | Black Voices

Another day, another hashtag. On Monday, #CivilRightsTwitter emerged to jokingly explore what social media could have been like had it exist...

How to Stand up for Your Muslim Friends

Manal Omar | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Manal Omar

I am scared here at home. I have been on the receiving end of hateful glares, shoving on the sidewalks, and hateful phrases yelled at me. The fear I face here at home has made me decide not to ride the metro since the Paris attacks. I find myself using my hostile environment training for Baghdad and Benghazi here at home.

'Sweetpea:' Billy Strayhorn, A Tribute To A Musical Icon

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I couldn't believe I was going to a music festival honoring the famous Billy Strayhorn at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago -- "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn." It felt as if I was attending a homecoming of sorts.

Comedian Recalls Getting Attacked As A Child Over Race

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.02.2015 | OWN

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Rosa Parks Honored With A Reserved Front Seat On Texas Buses

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

Dallas Area Rapid Transit in Texas is commemorating Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man in 1955 by reserving the front seat on ...

How Rosa Parks’ Legacy Lives On In The Black Lives Matter Movement

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices

Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus and settled into American history. We've seen the iconic picture...

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?