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Y a mi, qué? Who Does the Civil Rights Movement Belong To?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

How can an exhibit in Brooklyn about the civil rights movement not include the history of the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican political movement and the artists it inspired throughout the '60s and beyond?

Losing a Gentle Prophet: Vincent Harding

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Vincent was insistent that the wisdom that came from the struggles of the mid-century must be kept alive and newly living by contact between the elders of that movement and the far younger activists of today.


Janus Adams | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Two anniversaries this month, taken together, signal the teeter-totter ride of a nation straddling our passion for justice and penchant for everything but.

60 Years Later, Reflections On Brown vs. Board of Education

MarshaRose Joyner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Hawaii
MarshaRose Joyner

I still remember watching the news that evening. While plenty of white people screamed about the decision, I most vividly recall the reaction of Mrs. Mildred Coughlin, the principal of Western High School. She was gracious and calm with beautifully styled white hair and dressed in a soft pink suit. "I will never see a colored girl graduate from my school," she firmly stated.

Civil Rights Activist And Friend Of MLK Dies

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

Vincent Harding, scholar, historian, theologian, civil rights activist, and occasional speechwriter for Martin Luther King, Jr., died at 82, according...

African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False Choice

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday. The group hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil rights movement and the struggle for African Americans in this country.

Understanding Brown v. Board of Education

James E. Ryan | Posted 07.17.2014 | Education
James E. Ryan

To understand the impact of Brown, it is crucial to understand Milliken v. Bradley, which is far less well-known. Indeed, the latter decision has in many ways had an even more lasting impact on education.

Joy Resmovits

60 Years After Brown v. BOE, Mostly White Reformers Try To Fix 'The Civil Rights Issue Of Our Generation' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.17.2014 | Black Voices

Sixty years ago, the plight of Linda Brown, a third-grader who had to travel a mile by bus to her segregated black school even though there was a neig...

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: Remembering When Parents Stood Up for Change

Otha Thornton | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Otha Thornton

Educational inequalities helped spur the civil rights movement, and it continues to be the civil rights issue of our time. With the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, it is critical to reaffirm our commitment to take action.

Gay Monk's Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States

Soul Dancer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As we approach the Supreme Court of the Unites States (SCOTUS) one-year anniversary of Windsor v. United States ruling, do we celebrate or mourn thi...

LOOK: The Iconic Photos Taken After The Brown v. Board Of Education Decision

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Black Voices

The 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka turned one man's fight for his daughter's right to attend school into a crusade f...

These Photos Of 1960s Protests Will Stop You In Your Tracks

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts

By David Rosenberg Siiri Fernandez paints a picture of her husband, the photographer Benedict J. Fernandez, as a man who communicates predominately...

Dialogue Isn't Just for Screenplays

Stuart Connelly | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Stuart Connelly

But conversation, like therapy, is its own sort of "talking cure." I, for one, want to talk it out. The Suspect is a natural extension of that drive.

'Dangerous Friendship': The Story of Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Kristen Houghton

As a scholar of the civil rights movement, Ben Kamin writes about the historically unknown, and unwritten, Jewish aspect of that period through the person of Stanley Levison.

Course Correction Needed for Democrats in the 2014 Mid-Terms

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The Democratic Party mid-term election response to Chief Justice Roberts' decision should not be to try to match dollar for dollar Republican Super PAC money, but instead to engage in a massive grassroots voter turnout.

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise.

The Next 50 Years: Time for Culture Change on Racial Justice

Deepa Iyer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.

Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Jennifer Lee traces the fight for rights that now appear to once again be in danger. She also exposes the fissures within the movement, which continue to play out today.

Obama To Headline Civil Rights Summit In Texas

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lyndon Johnson's presidency has long been viewed in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a conflict that saw American soldiers die in...

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

The Breaking and Dispossession of America's Black Farmers

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

We need to help black farmers get back their lost land and return to farming. Dispossession" could be the prologue to a revitalized black farming -- and American society.

Civil Rights Protest Song 'We Shall Overcome' Inspires 'We Will Know,' a Hymn for the LGBT Community

Spectra | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices

"I really wanted to contribute to the message and success of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, but couldn't find the words. I'm not a writer. I'm a musician. So it dawned on me in that moment... Music is a language at which I'm adept -- my chosen language of love and protest."

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

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.