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'All the World's A Stage,' But Our Parks Must Remain A Public Trust Forever

Audrey Peterman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
Audrey Peterman

"Like the universal markers of time BC and AD, I count my life in terms of BP and AP - Before Parks and After Parks. That's how important national par...

What It Was Like For A Freedom Rider Whose Bus Was Firebombed By The KKK

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.04.2016 | OWN

Warning: Content in the video and article may be disturbing. Discretion advised. On May 4, 1961, a group of nonviolent protesters boarded buses in Was...

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

John A. Tures | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."

John Lewis Honors The Freedom Riders 54 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) shared a photo on Twitter Monday on the 54th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides. Lewis and 12 others left Washin...

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

A Letter That Shook Me and Changed My Life

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I got involved in civil rights gradually. At the outset I simply cared deeply but didn't know very much about it. It became clear that it was one thing to be legitimately in favor of racial justice, yet quite another to take a controversial public stand on the issue.


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission. If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. So said Emma Goldman more than 100 years...

Sacred Woman: The Generations Continue

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It's the Saturday before Mother's Day, 2014, and I am listening for happily the third or fourth time to iO's Arzelia Williams interview and poem "Sacr...

Freedom Summer 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, there are modern schemes to try and take away your vote. Well we at National Action Network will not sit by idly and watch as the fundamental rights so many fought and died for are being eliminated -- and neither should you.

World Welcomes Pope Francis' New Voice and Style

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.

Photographer Sheila Pree Bright Puts Civil Rights Activists In Your Face In Downtown Atlanta

Sally Hansell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sally Hansell

Moving her work out of museums and galleries to Atlanta's inner city streets, Bright plastered walls with monumental portraits of civil rights activists who are now in their 70s and 80s.

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Ryan J. Reilly

Congressman: Supreme Court Decision 'Made Me Want To Cry' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he wanted to cry after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights...

A Civil Rights Freedom Rider Returns to Montgomery, Ala.

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Kerry Kennedy

What I saw happen between John Lewis and Chief Murphy wasn't just a "ripple of hope," it was the current my father promised those ripples would become: a force "capable of sweeping down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

Romney and the Calamitous Republicans

Bennet Kelley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The media is abuzz over what appears to be the implosion of the Romney campaign. Such a focus on the individual candidate's tactical ineptitude obscures the larger point that the Republican Party is just as calamitous on a substantive level.

For Black History Month, Ten Key Films on the African-American Experience

John Farr | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With Martin Luther King's birthday just past us, and Black History month coming up, the time seems right to celebrate those invaluable films that shed light on the black community's long struggle for equal rights in this country.

Daddy's Girl: Honoring My Father's Legacy

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 01.23.2012 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

My father was my umbrella; but he didn't just shelter and protect me. He molded me. He taught me the importance of community. I write this open tribute with no hesitation nor reservation to say that I am so proud to be his daughter.

Facing Down the Law on Bus 148

Danielle C. Jefferis | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Danielle C. Jefferis

Inspired by the Southern Freedom Riders, the Palestinian Freedom Riders seek to shed light on Israel's racially discriminatory practices by boarding segregated buses on routes between illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

I Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Set on Freedom

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Clarence B. Jones

Just as our Freedom Riders were primarily directed to awaken the conscience and sense of decency in the majority of white America, our Palestinian brothers and sisters are seeking to awaken the conscience of the world and a majority of Israelis.

Best Films and More About Work, for Labor Day

Wyatt Closs | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

This Labor Day week, we take a look at a listing of nominees for best films, tv shows, and other artistic expressions in what are called the "2011 Workers' Voice Awards" from PopWork USA.

Where Are They Now?: The Freedom Riders

Posted 10.09.2011 | Black Voices

Hank Thomas walked up the steps of the Greyhound bus on a sunny May 4, 1961. As he surveyed its drab, blue-gray interior, the lanky 19-year-old Africa...

Hempstead Freedom Walkers Challenge Long Island Segregation

Alan Singer | Posted 08.17.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Eighth-grade students in Hempstead, New York organized a Freedom Walk to honor the 1961 Freedom Riders and to make a statement that racial integration and equality should still be valued by our society today.

The Music Of The Movement

Posted 07.30.2011 | Religion

In a church where four little girls lost their lives, angels still seem to be singing. Their songs are not of the pain left behind, but of freedom.

The Rapture Effect: Finding The Church's Voice When It Really Matters

David A. Davis | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

It is much less a credit to Harold Camping's marketing machine, much less a problem with the obsessive behavior of the media, and much more an indictment of the rest of us who seek to bring faith and life together in relevant ways.

"Sing Your Song": Harry Belafonte on Art and Politics, Civil Rights and His Critique of President Obama

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Tonight, PBS airs the documentary Freedom Riders, about the effort of students to end segregation in the South. Harry Belafonte was a supporter of the Freedom Riders, and is now the subject of the documentary Sing Your Song.