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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 04.13.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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.

Thank You for Wearing the Shirt, But...

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

I do not think that such celebrities or their fans should think that wearing a shirt or putting one's hands up are enough to support a movement. We should not be that impressed with these gestures as they should be viewed as no more than initial steps.

The March Is Not Over Yet: A Different Education for the 21st Century

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.10.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Television scenes of nonviolent demonstrators beaten by police shocked the nation. As the movie Selma details, the March played a critical role in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

Thousands March On Selma Bridge To Mark 'Bloody Sunday'

Reuters | Tami Chappelle | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

SELMA, Ala., March 8 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people paraded across a Selma, Alabama bridge on Sunday to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" ...

John Lewis Shares Memories From Selma In This Incredible Series Of Tweets

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

Congressman John Lewis was a young man when he marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 -- and fifty years later,...

Massive Crowds Gather In The Streets Of Selma To Honor Landmark Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

The streets of Selma, Alabama, were packed on Saturday with thousands of people who traveled to the small town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ...

Remembering The Four People Of Faith Who Died On The Road From Selma

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) They were just four of the thousands of Americans who came to Selma 50 years ago, heeding the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for people...

Distance Is No Big Deal For These Citizens Traveling To Selma This Weekend

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday; the pinnacle of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama, and an iconic d...

John Lewis Says The Scars From Selma Are Still Visible

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) says he still bears the physical scars from his involvement in the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 50 ...

50 Years After ‘Bloody Sunday': Remembering The Activists Behind The Scenes

Colorlines | Jamilah King | Posted 03.06.2015 | Black Voices

The name “Selma” is indelibly etched into America’s political and cultural lexicon. That’s been the case since March 7, 1965 when the country ...