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Civil Rights Movement

The Battles Have Changed, but the Fight Remains the Same

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Amb. Andrew J. Young

America must return to the vision of Dr. King, recognizing that our economic, political, and social systems are inter-dependent. We ultimately cannot prosper alone. Either we all prosper together, or we do not prosper at all.

Why Black Firsts Matter

Michele Elam | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
Michele Elam

Wikipedia may keep a running tab on "African American firsts" but apart from maintaining a historical record, why should they really matter at all in this so-called post-Civil Rights, post-race era?

It's Not That Complicated -- Thank You, Occupy Wall Street

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

To those former leaders of the Civil Rights movement who want to assert leadership over OWS in different parts of the country, my advice to them is let OWS "do their thing".

Elusive Empathy: David Margolick's Book "Elizabeth and Hazel" Shows Why We Still Can't Just Get Along

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 12.31.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Henry Adams

David Margolick's new book is just the cautionary tale to remind us, we aren't there yet, that as a nation and as people, until we begin to learn greater empathy, we never will be there.

OWS Has Lessons to Learn From Past Movements

Michael Zweig | Posted 12.28.2011 | New York
Michael Zweig

Occupy Wall Street is reminiscent of the mid-20th century civil rights, women's lib, and peace movements, as well as the great labor battles of the '30s and '40s that brought unions and shared prosperity broadly to the working class.

Which King Stands on the Mall?

Michael W. Waters | Posted 12.22.2011 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I cannot help but to wonder, which King now stands enshrined on the mall? For our answer to this question speaks not only to who we consider ourselves to be as a nation, but also to who we have made Dr. King to be, and what we consider to be his enduring legacy.

The Movement Next Time

Bill Zimmerman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Fifty
Bill Zimmerman

We veterans of the Sixties have become encrusted with doubt. I'm putting mine aside and going to Wall Street. This kernel of activism might spawn a powerful populist movement, and if it does, I want to help it along.

Are African Americans Losing the Race? Part I

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The selfless "by any means necessary" valor, that once ignited our passion to unite and conquer, has seemingly been eradicated by egotistic attempts to acquire a portion of the American "dream."

Occupy Wall Street: the Next Crucial American Movement

E. Henry Schoenberger | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business
E. Henry Schoenberger

Occupy Wall Street is a tide of upheaval and alienation, much like the other crucial movements in our past that led to a more equal and fairer American society.

Obama Talks Jobs, Economy, Wall Street Protests In MLK Memorial Speech: 'I Know We Will Overcome'

AP/The Huffington Post | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

By STACY A. ANDERSON, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama saluted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday as a man who "stirre...

Occupy Wall Street's Real Demands

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

We don't need concrete demands to sympathize with the frustration and anger that Americans feel. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the grassroots activism we need to pay attention to -- and it is the start of action.

Fred Shuttlesworth: Much More Than A Footnote

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Troy Jackson

A few hours before I learned of Steve Jobs' death, I got a text message from my wife on my Steve Jobs-inspired iPhone: civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth had died.

The Education Gap: Lessons from Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 12.12.2011 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Last week we lost two great visionary leaders whose impact on the world has forever changed our lives. Yet, sadly, I think we missed the opportunity to make their contributions to society a real teachable moment for our children.

The Church And OccupyWallStreet

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The church's proper role is to stand on the side of the disenfranchised and to call out wrongdoing and injustice in our society. Jesus did not say," I have come that you might be comfortable."

Did The Media Stumble With Steve Jobs Coverage?

Keli Goff | Posted 12.10.2011 | Media
Keli Goff

Last week America lost a man who changed the world. If you assume I'm referring to Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who passed away last week after a lengthy battle with cancer, you'd be wrong. I'm actually referring to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

Sing Your Song

Lisa Ellis | Posted 12.10.2011 | Black Voices
Lisa Ellis

Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Harry Belafonte shattered boundaries, risked his life and became a voice for humanity. His inspiring and compelling journey is chronicled in HBO's deeply beautiful memoir documentary, Sing Your Song.

Fred Shuttlesworth: Uncompromising Leader, Intrepid Icon

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 12.08.2011 | Black Voices
Bishop T.D. Jakes

Reverend Shuttlesworth never failed to encourage others to put their eloquent words into action. Even upon the threat of death, he would retort, "I wasn't saved to run."

Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Leader, Dies At 89

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 12.05.2011 | Black Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At one end of the fire hose were officers deployed by Bull Connor, the notoriously racist police commissioner fond of telling...

Civil Rights Education 'Dismal' Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education

"Dismal." Likely not a word ever preferred in an educational setting, but the description the Southern Poverty Law Center found appropriate to ass...

Troy Davis Is Dead; the Movement Continues

Rashad Robinson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Rashad Robinson

Before he died, Troy told us that this was about more than him -- and he called on those of us who have fought against his execution to continue fighting for justice, even if we weren't successful in saving his life.

From the Tar Sands Comes a Real Climate Movement

Keith Harrington | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

The climate cause has had its moments before. But with those 1,252 tar-sands arrests outside the White House, it has finally graduated. It's a true movement now.

Dedication Of MLK Memorial Postponed By Hurricane

AP | Associated Press | Posted 10.27.2011 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- If you want to attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall, check back a little later this fall. ...

King in Stone and Reality

Hermene Hartman | Posted 10.26.2011 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

King was profound in a profane world. He was amazingly impactful and proved that one man can make a difference. As we see King today, as we mount a statue on the Washington mall, the backdrop is politicians gone mad.

Growing Up in the Segregated South, Struggle Brought Change

Emily Tynes | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Emily Tynes

The bus driver pointed to the rear and told me to go sit there. That was the moment I realized my mother did not sit on the back of the bus because she preferred to, but because she had no choice.

A Dream Anew

Cory Booker | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Cory Booker

I am part of a generation that stands on the shoulders of giants from the modern civil rights movement. And now my generation is called to no less of an urgent state of affairs. The dream of our democracy -- advanced and protected by heroes past and present -- is still not yet achieved.