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Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

Where Are All The Black Classical Musicians?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts

Black men and women have built practically every musical tradition in the West: jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk. But when it comes to classical music...

A Second Emancipation

Taylor Branch | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Taylor Branch

In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy took a stroll through the White House. When they passed the Lincoln Bedroom, King noticed the Emancipation Proclamation wall, and took the opportunity to raise the issue of civil rights. He suggested something radical: a second Emancipation Proclamation.

My Inauguration Day Emergency Turned Opportunity

Mark C. Thompson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Mark C. Thompson

This past Monday, Inauguration Day, I arrived at the White House for a breakfast with President Obama and twelve Silicon Valley leaders. 

Of Historic Documents and Diversity

Rose Stuckey Kirk | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Rose Stuckey Kirk

The fruits of our forefathers' efforts to ensure freedom for all Americans -- the grand diversity of our nation -- are well on display as we celebrate the inauguration of an African-American president today and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year.

Emancipation Proclamation and Realizing MLK Dream

Scott Hancock | Posted 03.17.2013 | Black Voices
Scott Hancock

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that freedom without the security of benefitting from the economic and political stability that African Americans helped create was an empty freedom. Today, we haven't moved nearly far enough.

At the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation, Has the Race Myth Been Put to Rest?

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

This is not just about -- or even mostly about -- overt racists who explicitly see people of color as something less than human. Such people are still out there, of course. But the belief in racial hierarchy also persists in much more subtle ways.

A Letter Of Solidarity

Wade Davis II | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Wade Davis II

I exist in the world today because you prevailed. I remember hearing and reading the rich stories of triumph, but now I wonder what selfless leaders like Harriet Tubman, or visionaries like Frederick Douglass, might think if they were to look down upon America the beautiful, today.

Unshackled Together: Dialogue With My Straight Brothers

Aundaray Guess | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Aundaray Guess

We can even flash forward to another famous speech when it was declared that 'all men are created equal' and ask ourselves: Does this include the voices of those who identify as black and gay?

Looking Forward to the Past

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. James Ellis, III

Never having known someone who it wouldn't attempt to destroy, evil is colorblind. I fear that we suffer from historical post-traumatic stress disorder, which has led to disturbing rates of illiteracy, violence, crime and incarceration, financial devastation, out-of-wedlock births, and divorce.

My Ancestors' Talking-book

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

With the use of the Bible my ancestors also expanded not only the understanding of what it meant to be human, but also the parameters of what it meant to be a Christian; thus giving us a biblical language that could be heard. And my ancestors understood the power of that language.

Hope (and Change) That the Present Has Brought Us

Edward Wyckoff Williams | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Edward Wyckoff Williams

Dead are the days when Blacks had no voice. Race is no longer a defining limitation in how we choose to love, marry or serve our country. We are the future we've been waiting. But as you may have wisely anticipated, the struggle for equality continues.

A Letter to Our Ancestors: To Those Who Came Before Us

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.01.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. John Conyers

Even today, after gaining the franchise and electing an African-American president, we must take care to protect these hard-won rights from slipping away as some in this new generation would divert us from the path toward a more just society.