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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.

Dr. King, a Monumental Man

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 10.21.2011 | Black Voices
Janet Langhart Cohen

Lke Dr. King, we have not yet arrived in the Promised Land. Yes, there's a black man in the White House. Barack Obama is there as President of the United States. But one man doesn't erase the persistence of racism in America and its grim consequences.

Give The Help and Black Working Women a Break

Paul Kleyman | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Kleyman

The Help is an occasion to call for more open and in-depth depiction of race, rancor and resilience in America on its silver screens, if only Americans will give it a chance.

Rebecca Carroll

Civil Rights Heroes Gather On Facebook | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices

Tara J. Young was doing some volunteer work with author and civil rights advocate Simeon Wright -- cousin of Emmett Till, the black Chicago teenager w...

Why Are Some Black Women So Outraged by The Help

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

Why are some of the best and brightest black female voices in America so outraged over the new movie The Help based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel?

Coming Up for Air Is a Precursor of Coming Greatness

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.15.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

This is Patti Callahan Henry's riskiest novel but it could very well prove to be her most successful.

Dedicating the Dream: A Journey from MLK's Birth Place to the Nation's Capital

Ben Arnon | Posted 10.12.2011 | College
Ben Arnon

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will journey to the nation's capital to bear witness to the dedication of this new, national memorial.

HuffPost Review: The Help

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Some will say: This is yet another movie about the civil-rights movement moment in our history, in which the white people are the heroes, saving the black characters. But that's far too simplistic a reading of The Help.

Where Are They Now?: The Freedom Riders

Posted 10.09.2011 | Black Voices

Hank Thomas walked up the steps of the Greyhound bus on a sunny May 4, 1961. As he surveyed its drab, blue-gray interior, the lanky 19-year-old Africa...

Taking Ownership of the American Dream

Michael Steele | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Steele

African-Americans' 21st century reality is simply this: it's time to stand for something different. The debate we're having is no longer productive. It's time for solutions that come from us, from within our house, our family and ultimately our community as a whole.

Klansman Who Almost Got Away With Murder Dies in Prison

Mark Potok | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

James Ford Seale, a long-time member of the Ku Klux Klan who very nearly got away with murder, has died after serving less than four years of three life sentences for the 1964 murders of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19.

Failure 101: A Lesson From MSNBC Contributor Melissa Harris-Perry on American Politics, the Presidency, Princeton, and Personal Failures

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Robyn Carolyn Price

Last month I spoke with MSNBC contributor, Columnist for The Nation, and Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry for the project Failure, Inc. We talked about how failure is a significant narrative in every great success story... even the American story.

Hempstead Freedom Walkers Challenge Long Island Segregation

Alan Singer | Posted 08.17.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Eighth-grade students in Hempstead, New York organized a Freedom Walk to honor the 1961 Freedom Riders and to make a statement that racial integration and equality should still be valued by our society today.

Civil Rights Movement Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

I hope the country understands what a debt it owes to these young people who tried to reshape the world against impossible odds.

The Music Of The Movement

Posted 07.30.2011 | Religion

In a church where four little girls lost their lives, angels still seem to be singing. Their songs are not of the pain left behind, but of freedom.

Dawn and Claire Have an Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Dawn and Claire find that their eighth-grade students remember little about American government from the previous year. They decided there had to be a better way to promote civic knowledge.

American Commencement: Can the Class of 2011 Be the Freedom Riders of Tomorrow?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education
Curtis Valentine

On this, the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, it is time to reflect on how America can better prepare our new graduates to serve their communities and the world.

HuffPost Review: Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Hey, Boo celebrates a novel, an imagination and, ultimately, a defining piece of Americana. It's always nice to see a movie that values literature and literacy -- and this is one of the better ones.

Freedom Riders, by Any Other Name

Mary Daily | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Mary Daily

Freedom Riders, who arrived in the South 50 years ago this month in the cause of civil rights, were called something else in the segregated states upo...

In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Freedom Riders

Black Voices | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics

Yesterday morning, as I stood across from where it all began at 1100 New York Avenue in Washington, D.C., and watched as the college kids linked arms ...

Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young Honored by National Portrait Gallery

Henry Miller | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Henry Miller

Andrew Young recently received a portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. It was a much-deserved honor for a man whose legacy is one of extraordinary impact.

This Passover, Liberate Yourself, Your Seder And Our World

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Passover is a time of hopes and dreams. They need not be fully understood and their realization may be far off, but that is what distinguishes a dream from a plan.

Barbour-Backed Civil Rights Museum Approved By Mississippi Lawmakers

AP | By SHELIA BYRD | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. -- Lawmakers on Monday approved a bill authorizing the multimillion-dollar construction of two new Mississippi museums – one devo...