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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Agreed With Bernie Sanders on Race in America

Alan Singer | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Alan Singer

In a New York Times op-ed, Princeton University History Professor Sean Wilentz disputed claims that United States Constitution was a pro-slavery document.

Helping Black Boys Survive: What A Difference A Smile Makes

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Basic respect and human decency--just plain kindness--can go a long way in building self-esteem in our children and helping a young person in crisis make it to the next step.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Read The Best July Fourth Oration Ever Given

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics

In 1852, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered what could be considered the best July Fourth oration ever given. In an address to the Ladies...

Want to Be an Ally in the Fight Against Racism? Two Teens Show How It's Done

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

One of the more difficult things to do, for many of us at least, is to react in the moment, when injustice is occurring right in front our eyes, but in a way that does not directly affect us. The "safe" thing to do is avoid the conflict, to get away and certainly not get involved. However, there are times when the safe thing to do is not the right thing to do.

Rebecca Klein

Federal Officials Pledge To Do More To Support Baltimore Youth | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices

Federal officials visited students at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School on Wednesday and pledged to help support the teens' futures. Educa...

Baltimore-A City of Neighborhoods

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

There is no excuse for the senseless violence that has broken out in Baltimore. But there are underlying causes that have been left for fester and now explode. The people, officials and business leaders of Baltimore know it.

End Modern Slavery (Everywhere But Here)

Robert J. Benz | Posted 05.17.2015 | 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?