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Civil Rights Movement

Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father's Legacy in Motion, While "Others" Try to Stop the Train

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Traditional African patterns ornament the ovalescent center while the figure is surrounded at top and bottom with the inherited African motifs of the nation he was born to -- but what is inside Mr. Mitchell is boundless without physical context to distinguish him from any other.

Albert Einstein: A Radical Voice Sorely Missed; He'd Be 135 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.

Ryan J. Reilly

Bobby Jindal Gets A Much-Needed History Lesson

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice's public affairs staffers think Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) could use a history lesson on the civil rights...

For My Teacher

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

On December 29, 2013, I lost one of the greatest teachers I had -- my dad, Michael Greenberg.

Stokely: A Life

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Arlene M. Roberts

The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

Mississippi Burning, Reconsidered

Chris Gerolmo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Gerolmo

In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?

Memoirs and Lessons From Junius Williams, a Giant of the Civil Rights Movement

John Atlas | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
John Atlas

Thirty one years before U.S. Senator Cory Booker moved to Newark, Junius Williams, another dynamic, African-American Yale Law School graduate moved to the same city, with ambitions much like Booker's.

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

Stop Bullying My Blackness: A Black History Month Wish

Tré Easton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

I've never really cared for Black History Month. I like to take the Morgan Freeman approach to these particular issues. Black history is American history and American history is black history.

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.

'Unbossed, Unbought' Shirley Chisholm Recognized With Stamp

Susan Smith Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Susan Smith Richardson

Before Jesse Jackson, before Barack Obama, there was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American to run for president of a major political party and the first black woman elected to Congress.

LOOK: Then-And-Now Photos Bring Iconic Black History Moments Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

Every day, we walk in the very places where history was made years ago. Sometimes that location is marked by a plaque or a statue, but other times we ...

Happy 101st Birthday, Rosa Parks!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

Today, we honor and celebrate Rosa Parks on what would have been her 101st birthday. "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I w...

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

Dr. King on Conflict

Greg Carey | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Although King reached out to his critics by affirming their good faith, he did not spare them from the truth about themselves

Pablo Solomon's Wicked Integration: A White Man's Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

By no stretch of the imagination was Solomon anything like the iconic Sidney Poitier in the 1967 film To Sir, With Love, gliding in and charming his students into a new way of life. "I was sometimes brave, sometimes a coward, sometimes right and sometimes completely off base," he says.

Pete Seeger (1919-2014): He Changed the World One Song at a Time

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.30.2014 | Arts
John W. Whitehead

Pete Seeger, the 94-year-old activist-singer-songwriter who tried to change the world with every note he uttered, has died, and we are all the poorer for it.

'We Are Not Afraid': The Holy Spirit and the Life of Pete Seeger

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Pete Seeger, 94, folk singer and peace and justice advocate has died, but the spirit of what his life and his music meant lives on. Americans have been less afraid of each other, and of speaking the truth to power, because he lived and sang and marched.

Sharing Dreams: Reflecting on King, Gandhi, and Jainism at Houston's Rothko Chapel

JAINA | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
JAINA

by Katy Dycus If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through reta...

Celebrate the Dream: 5 Songs Inspired By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Stephanie Penn | Posted 01.20.2014 | Black Voices
Stephanie Penn

To some, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was known as a pastor, humanitarian and activist but it's his role as a leader in the civil rights movement that...

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring Dr. King by Working for Economic Justice

Rachel Goodman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Goodman

Mainly, we remember Dr. King as a prophet of non-discrimination. If the government treats black folks and white folks alike (which it does not always, even today), we tell ourselves that we have lived up to Dr. King's mighty vision. But Dr. King, and the civil rights movement as a whole, wanted much, much more for America.

How One Photographer Captured The Inspiration And Awe Of The Civil Rights Movement

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Roughly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a museum in Florida is paying homage to one of the movement's most iconic photographers. Born in ...

King: The Man Behind the Legacy

Munira Syeda | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Munira Syeda

In King's legacy and loss, we find inspiration, with the belief that if a single man can be the force behind much-needed social change, then so can you and I.

Martin Luther King Jr.: His Teenage Dream Lives On

John Llewellyn | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
John Llewellyn

Despite extensive scholarly study of King's life and writings, Wake Forest University student William Murphy recently became the first to identify the striking parallels between King's legendary 1963 "Dream" speech and an address he delivered in 1944.