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Frederick Douglass

35 Years Slogging Toward Progress

Mark A. Thompson | Posted 11.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark A. Thompson

Amidst the darkness of post-election despair, my husband and I celebrated our 35th anniversary. When we first got together, we had one friend who tol...

For the Trump Era: Fight Not Flight

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A lot of U.S. citizens are now talking about leaving the country. Canada, Europe and New Zealand are popular scenarios. Moving abroad might be an individual solution. But the social solution is to stay and put up a fight.

Frederick Douglas Schools Thomas Jefferson In This 'Epic Rap Battle'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices

Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson go head-to-head in the latest edition of "Epic Rap Battles of History," posted on YouTube Monday. The former p...

A Street Artist Celebrates Black History One Portrait At A Time

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Funded from his own pocket, 34-year-old Mel Waters devised the project for himself and executed it on city walls (and one delivery truck) to pay tribute to famous African Americans during Black History Month.

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Frederick Douglass

Karim Gilliam | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Karim Gilliam

Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. In honor of Black History Month let's remember or newly discover the incredible life and achievements of Frederick Douglass.

Today's Google Doodle Is Honoring Frederick Douglass, And It's Awesome

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

Today's Google Doodle is kicking off Black History Month brilliantly, with an illustration celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass. The abolitionis...

Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter

Mark Osler | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Mark Osler

My hometown of Minneapolis was recently captivated by a now-familiar drama that played out on our streets. First, a black man (Jamar Clark) died at th...

Picturing Frederick Douglass

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Robert J. Feldman

This landmark coffee table tome, Picturing Frederick Douglass, proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

The Stuggle for Justice Continues: December 6th, 2015 Marks the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

As we reflect on the 13th Amendment, we are reminded that the struggle for justice will continue until we realize the vision of a free and just America for all.

Frederick Douglass Agreed With Bernie Sanders on Race in America

Alan Singer | Posted 09.18.2016 | 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 08.07.2016 | 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 07.22.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.