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Diane Nash's Call for Nonviolent Action

John Dear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Dear

Like a wise professor, Diane Nash walked us through the methodology of nonviolence/agapaic energy, and urged us to use this power to change our country and the world.

Candidate Explains Why He Called Civil Rights Icon 'A Gimmick'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

Mike Connolly, an independent candidate for Massachusetts state legislature, said he didn't call the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks "a gimmick" ...

Inspiring Lessons From Ruby Bridges: A True American Heroine

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Ruby Bridges is an inspiring reminder that our nation owes a huge debt of gratitude not just to the adults who took a stand during the Civil Rights Movement, but to the extraordinary children and youths who were front-line soldiers in the war to overthrow Jim Crow in American life.

Meeting The Demands Of A New Generation Of Christian Leaders

Tim Suttle | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Born out of the traditions of the civil rights movement, the Christian Community Development Association is now engaging a new generation of pastors, prophets and ministers. This next generation of CCDA will naturally look somewhat different from previous generations.

Trymaine Lee

Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates Birthday By Springing American Captives From Gambian Prison | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices

Depending on who's telling it, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is either a civil rights icon and trailblazer or a self-serving opportunist and attention-monger...

Power Is in Your Person

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Dolores Huerta's many successes over the years have proven her right about the power every person can have once they are ready to claim it and work together with others for change.

The Legacy of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and the Civil Rights Movement

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.30.2012 | Media
Clarence B. Jones

The recent death of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher of the New York Times, provoked memories of the Times and its coverage of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s.

Benjamin E. Mays: Schoolmaster of the Civil Rights Movement

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Martin Luther King Jr. didn't emerge on the civil rights scene fully formed but drew from a rich spiritual and intellectual heritage that he owed, in part, to his mentor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays.

What Lasting Change Requires: The Hard Truth About Hard Work in the President's Speech

Benj Hewitt | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics
Benj Hewitt

In our hurry-up, fix-it-NOW society, we expect problems to be solved and solved quickly. We forget the crucial lessons of past battles: Change takes time, and changes takes persistent work. And then more time and more work.

The Racial Divide: Will It Widen Or Close?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.

Late Senator's Secret Documents Reveal Leak Uproar

AP | LAWRENCE MESSINA | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd obtained secret FBI documents about the civil rights movement that were leaked by the CIA and triggered ...

Alabama Bus Boycott Organizer Dies At 96

AP | Posted 07.26.2012 | Black Voices

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Thelma McWilliams Glass, a longtime professor and civil rights pioneer who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott, died on Wed...

Landmark Civil Rights Measure Faces Fire From State Challenge

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2012 | Politics

(Refiles to fix typo in the lead) * Court must decide if Texas can require voters to have photo ID * Five days of argum...

How Progressives Should Talk About Patriotism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What we cannot do, what Douglass himself did not do as seen in the conclusion to his 1852 speech, is cede patriotism and an embrace of America to the right wing.

48 Years Of The Civil Rights Act: How Well Do You Know Your History? (QUIZ)

Posted 07.02.2012 | Black Voices

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Passed on July 2nd, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a pivotal p...

Elise Foley

Civil Rights Groups Keep Up Legal Fight Against SB 1070 | Elise Foley | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1994, Thomas Saenz was just a few years out of Yale Law School when one of the most high-profile immigration law fights erupted in Ca...

Federal Prosecutor Who Led Historic Civil Rights Case Dies Of Apparent Suicide

AP | Posted 08.31.2012 | Black Voices

BRANDON, Miss. -- Jack Brooks Lacy Jr., who as an assistant U.S. attorney led the first federal murder prosecution in a civil rights-era killing, has ...

I'm With Stupid: The Sudsy Bavarian Secret to Getting Along

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.22.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Real beer gardens, as I've learned since arriving in Munich, bring together people from all walks of life to sit at long tables, eat pretzels and quaff ale from steins the size of Delaware.

Detroit Judge Accused Of Misconduct Won't Step Aside From Rosa Parks Case

AP | Posted 06.21.2012 | Black Voices

DETROIT -- A judge accused of misconduct in a dispute over the estate of Rosa Parks says he won't step aside from the case. Wayne County Probate Judg...

Did A Notorious KKK Member Give Legal Power To His Black Cellmate?

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. -- A black man says Edgar Ray Killen, a reputed Ku Klux Klan behind bars for the 1960s deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississi...

The Elusive American Experience

Nathan Chen | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Nathan Chen

The American experience is the pursuit of personal freedom -- a free and just life without oppression or prejudice. Personal freedom is what we, as Americans, have been fighting for.

Stephen Colbert Awed by Congressman John Lewis

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Stephen Colbert is a master at the "put on" interview with famous people, but last night, for the first time I can recall, he was practically speechless.

Accessorizing Hate

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

When we choose silence in the face of bigotry, we threaten the lifeblood of our Union. We've all experienced more than a few bigots in our lives. Th...

"Whom Shall I Fear?" The Incomparable Testimony Of Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Congressman John Lewis is the last living leader of the civil rights movement. I spoke with him about his new book and the role that faith, nonviolence and reconciliation played in the civil rights movement.

Jay-Z: Same-Sex Discrimination No Different Than Discriminating Against Blacks

Posted 05.15.2012 | Black Voices

Since President Barack Obama made his historic announcement last week in support of legalizing same-sex marriage, some black celebrities have drawn pa...