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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.