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No Planes, Trains Or Automobiles Necessary For This Black History Trip

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices

Want to visit black history heritage sites this month, without ever leaving your living room? No problem, Pinterest can take you there. In honor o...

Activist Who Fought Housing Discrimination Is Now Homeless, And The Internet Is Here To Help

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact

A woman who fought tirelessly to ensure everyone has equal access to housing now has nowhere to call home. Dorothy "Dottie” Mulkey's house was fi...

The Riot That Sparked the Selma March

The Daily Beast | Gary May | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

President Lyndon Johnson called “Bloody Sunday” a turning point in American history, comparing it to Lexington and Concord and Appomattox. This wa...

In Alabama, It's The 1960s All Over Again

Brian Joyce | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Joyce

For the state of Alabama, or any other state, to deny gay couples the equal protection of its laws simply because they're gay is not only wrong and immoral, it's arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.

How Alabama Marriage Equality Got So Messy

Matt Baume | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Things are finally settling down in Alabama. We'll take a look at just how messy it got last week, and what happens now. Plus, Justice Ginsburg makes some pretty candid predictions for the Supreme Court's upcoming marriage decision.

Favoring Transphobia?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Unfortunately for the transgender community, their need for rights are only now able to come to the forefront. They have always been there but have been misunderstood by almost everyone with whom they come in contact.

An Illustrative Identity of Fashion and Style Throughout African-American History and Movements

Danielle James | Posted 02.10.2015 | Style
Danielle James

Fashion, throughout history, has created an illustrative identity within African-American history. Fashion is a statement and speaks volumes with little to no words.

Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas E. Perez

During Black History Month, I'm reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers' rights. Perhaps no one better personifies that link than A. Philip Randolph, the first African-American inducted into the Labor Department's Hall of Honor.

John Lewis: A True Superhero

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

His civilian name is John Lewis, by day a mild-mannered congressman from Georgia, but in his role as a civil rights leader extraordinaire he is one of America's most courageous heroes. He has just released the second of a planned trilogy of graphic novels titled March.

Lessons from 'Selma'

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Andrea L. Zopp

This year marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While this anniversary is something to be proud of, recent events make it very sobering.

Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Peter Dreier

Langston Hughes -- the poet, novelist, playwright, and short-story writer -- was born 113 years ago yesterday.

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Samantha Lachman

Moral Monday Returns With Public Opinion, If Not The North Carolina Legislature, On Its Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 faith leaders and protesters affiliated with the Moral Monday movement staged a protest at the North Carolina legislature ...

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

Educating for the Work of Democracy -- the Freedom Spirit Then and Now

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

A national conversation called "The Changing World of Work - What Should We Ask of Higher Education?" will be launched on Wednesday, January 21st, at the National Press Club in an event from 9 am to 12 pm. It will be live streamed.

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Legend To Attend State Of The Union Address

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Many are expected to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night but few will have the opportunity to hear his remarks in p...

#ReclaimMLK: Activists Nationwide Follow In MLK's Footsteps To Protest Injustice

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices

Martin Luther King Jr. Day held special significance for many this year, as people across the country came out to volunteer, march and celebrate the c...

Celebrating MLK Day: Reclaiming Our Movement Legacy

Opal Tometi | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Opal Tometi

This year, Dr. King's legacy is being thought of in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. What we know about his legacy has been largely sanitized, re-configured, and appropriated to obscure his radical vision.

My Dad Was in Selma: What Can His Grandchildren Learn From That?

Kim Douglass Marin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Douglass Marin

My dad was a seminary student at Yale Divinity School when the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches took place, in 1965. The marches led to the passage later that year of the Voting Rights Act. But a lot of blood was shed in the process.

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

Celebrating Dr. King Through Serving

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I first heard Dr. King speak in person at a Spelman College chapel service during my senior year in college. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott five years earlier.

Answering the Call: Pursuing Justice

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As Jews, we particularly understand what it means to be targeted because of our religion. But, too many of us living in America have allowed the glaring disparities of income, education, health care, and the administration of justice to fester.

Celebrate MLK, But Honor One Who Went Before Him

Martha Burk | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

Known by all as the strongest advocate for equal rights for African Americans using non-violence, King has become a giant in the history of the quest for civil liberty and social justice.

The Modern Revolution Is Dead. Long Live Slow and Painful Change

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

It is tragic that profound global events of this magnitude don't result in meaningful and permanent change anymore. This is the new reality; suddenly everything is important and nothing ever gets resolved. What factors have caused society to become so ineffective in the face of rapid social change?