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Frederick Douglass

End Modern Slavery (Everywhere But Here)

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Benz

In the U.S., we need funding to educate young people to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. We need funding to train members of our communities to recognize and respond to incidents of human trafficking. We need funding for health and social services to support the victims of human trafficking.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

Black History Is American History

David Boaz | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
David Boaz

Black history is American history, a story of oppression and liberation rooted in the libertarian idea of individual rights.

America: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Ronda Lee | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Some are thinking, why do you have to bring up race? Forgive and forget. It is the same refrain as the unfaithful spouse asking why the partner brings up past infidelities. That is water under the bridge. America, the water under the bridge is about to overtake the bridge.

For Maryland's New Governor, Some Old Business

Ken Blackwell | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Many visitors to Maryland's historic Old State House are eager to see the Senate Chamber where Gen. George Washington resigned his commission to the Congress, meeting there in December, 1783.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

If There's No Hope, Why Bother Fighting?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

If all is lost, then there's no reason to try and win. But all is not lost. We have won tremendous victories on civil rights and equality for everyone. We've also suffered setbacks. But we cannot give up. We will not give up. In fact, we shall overcome.

Season's Bleedings

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The "Season's Greetings" banner hung across South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, is a far smaller piece of incongruity than the Christmas truce on the Western Front during World War I a century ago, but it provides a contemporary reminder of the contrast between our ideals and our treatment of one another.

First Nighter: Frederick Douglass, Simon Wiesenthal and Mat Smart's 'Naperville' on Stages

David Finkle | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

More specifically, these five are all psychologically and physically damaged. What Smart is up to is constructing a play -- it's another intermissionless 90-minuter -- in which the impaired gather without realizing they're about to help one another heal.

Maryland's Emancipation and the Homecoming of Frederick Douglass

Paul Kendrick | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Paul Kendrick

Frederick Douglass had escaped slavery 26 years before, but when Maryland ended slavery, it took him only 16 days to return to Baltimore.

Higher Learning

D. R. Tucker | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
D. R. Tucker

Koch brainwashing is still continuing at too many universities across the United States, and UnKoch My Campus is pushing back against such perversity. They deserve support. The brutal billionaires who scorn science and disparage democracy don't.

Frederick Douglass Meets the Queen (a historical fiction)

Van Gosse | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Van Gosse

Douglass shook the Prince's hand and looked at him directly, knowing that what interested Albert was his refusal of servility.

Emancipating Freedom

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.

The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including heterosexism.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.

Minorities, State Violence, and the Price of Self-Respect

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Violence is not the most effective way to respond to injustice, but self-respecting individuals taking a stand together against injustice is. This is a price we all can afford. The question is do we respect each other enough to believe that others and ourselves are worth it?

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

The Call to 'Restore' for This and Every July 4: Frederick Douglass Echoes Through the Ages

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

The wheel of the calendar has turned again, and July 4th is upon us once again, a day for the consumption of 155 million pounds of hot dogs, and fire...

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

The Clippers Players Were Far From Cowards in Handling the Donald Sterling Situation

Etan Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

A well-informed person would have observed that the players handled the entire situation very intelligently. They were strategic in their demands and patient in their response. This is a game of chess -- it's not checkers. Unfortunately, many criticizers simply didn't understand that.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Education and Opportunity

Michael Roth | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Michael Roth

University admissions programs are not the place to promote partisan visions of social justice, but they are the place to produce the most dynamic and profound learning environments.

11 Afros That Make It Impossible Not To Love Black Hair

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices

The afro is a legendary hair style, the pinnacle of natural black hair that has graced the craniums of entertainers, athletes, historical and politica...

Living Legacies: The Children Of Iconic Black Leaders And Entertainers

Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices

During Black History Month, we often reflect on the achievements of black Civil Rights icons and activists. Although the month has come to a close, ea...