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An Authentic Integration of Black History

Byron Williams | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

The mosaic that is America cannot be condensed into a single narrative, or for that matter a single month. A nation formed on the basis of an idea (equality) must also possess the maturity to withstand the tension that is created organically by competing perspectives within the same event.

Appealing To Black Women Should Be A Top Priority For Presidential Candidates

Keisha N. Blain | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Keisha N. Blain

Despite their influence at the polls, black women's concerns are undervalued in contemporary political campaigns. Few presidential candidates have been vocal about black women's vulnerability to state-sanctioned violence. Candidates who ignore black women voters do so at their own peril.

Which Woman Should Adorn the $10 Bill?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although none of these 20 women were elected to office, they all had a great influence on public opinion and public policy. The reformers profiled below exercised influence not only because of the number of people they mobilized, but also because of the moral force of their ideas.

She-roes From A to Z

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As February is Black History Month, I am highlighting African-American women who have made significant contributions to the economy and culture of the United States.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: 'I'm Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired'

The Daily Beast | Lottie L. Joiner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became on...

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

"I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Famous Speech 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer.

'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This question of citizenship and political representation is as important today as it was then -- yet the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is not even mentioned in many major U.S. history textbooks.

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

During this last week of Women’s History Month, I wanted you to learn about Ella Baker, a transforming but too-little-known woman and overpowering justice warrior for my generation of civil rights activists.

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.

Self-Help and the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

The problem with the self-help gospel is that it expects nothing from us. In the end, it leaves us unfulfilled. And it stands far removed from what it means to live in Christ.

Unreleased Remarks for 2013's March on Washington for Jobs, Freedom, and Justice

Jose Vilson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Jose Vilson

I salute everyone who, through broad coalition, came today to congregate at the Lincoln Memorial. As you seek the change, you too are the change.

North Carolina: Sterilized by the State

Sonia Grant | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Sonia Grant

"I went to the doctor who did that to me and I asked him, 'Why?' Why had he done that to me? He didn't have to say nothing -- and he didn't. If he was...

Washington Watch: "Return of the Old South"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired." Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who fought for the right to vote in the...

The Supreme Court Takes With One Hand, Gives With the Other

Nan Aron | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

By simultaneously moving in opposite directions on fundamental principles of civil rights, this Court has torn a hole in our political fabric, and once again left the nation part equal and part unequal.

Lowering the Bar on Activism

Mira Schor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mira Schor

Political activism can be time-consuming, dangerous, and often seems futile -- so I suggest that these days activism can grow from very modest gestures in daily life.

Civil Rights and American Politics

Bob Starks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bob Starks

Let us hope that Senator Obama understands the significance of all of those August 28ths that we now commemorate.

Hey Dems: What About the Graying Civil RIghts Soldiers?

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

The 2008 Democratic Convention begins. How exciting. But there are some major players that have made it historically possible, and their voices are missing. Their voices are hushed.