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Why Muslims Must Support #BlackLivesMatter

Hamzah Raza | Posted 12.31.2016 | Religion
Hamzah Raza

Social justice and standing up to systematic oppression is a rich part of American Muslim history. If American Muslims are to reject #BlackLivesMatter, we are effectively rejecting the legacy of people like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, pillars of the history of Islam in America.

The Arts Help Us Find Comfort, Peace, and Unity

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As we embrace with joy and hope a new year celebrated world-wide through art, it is important to remember what was sacrificed to get us here.

One Woman's Battle to Change the Rhetoric Surrounding Race

NationSwell | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact

This is one of six documentaries on American changemakers produced by NationSwell in partnership with NBCUniversal. Watch them all and vote for your f...

Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education: The Architect of the New Civil Rights Movement

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 07.21.2016 | Education
Sheena C. Howard

Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.

Harm & Neglect: A Black Lives Matter Public Service Announcement

Torri Stuckey | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Our voice will always be our greatest weapon. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. I choose to speak life for those whose voices have been eternally silenced.

Officer Michael Slager's Mother: 'My Life Will Never Be The Same Again'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.10.2015 | Crime

The mother of the South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man says her life will "never be the same again." In an interview wi...

Public Figures Respond To Video Of Fatal Police Shooting Of Walter Scott

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

South Carolina police officer Michael T. Slager was arrested Tuesday and charged in the fatal April 4 shooting of Walter Scott following the release o...

Protesters Decry Racism After South Carolina Officer Fatally Shoots Walter Scott

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices

* Protest rally over white officer's shooting of black man * Shooting captured on video and officer charged with murder ...

GRAPHIC VIDEO Shows White Officer Shooting Unarmed Black Man In Back

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Crime

A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black ma...

CNN Panel Gets Into Heated Debate Over 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

CNN's Don Lemon hosted a debate Thursday night on the continuing controversy over "hands up, don't shoot," the phrase that has become a symbol followi...

WaPo Columnist: 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Was Built On A Lie

The Washington Post | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

The late evening of Aug. 9, 2014, I couldn’t sleep. I was due to substitute-anchor MSNBC’s “UP with Steve Kornacki” and should have been aslee...

Where Are All the Witnesses Now?

Lynette Mae | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

To the protest leaders nationwide, what is required to show your good faith is that every time a troublemaker shoots in a crowd, or hurls rocks, bottles or Molotov cocktails at police officers, then melting back into the otherwise peaceful crowd, you must push them back out into the open.

Shooting to Protect vs. Shooting to Kill

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

On top of many other thoughts, I am always left with one very important question, the focus of this piece: Why was death the perceived necessary outcome?

Hands Up But Don't Lie

Lynette Mae | Posted 05.11.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

The DOJ reports on Ferguson are in. My policy is to read the full accounts prior to commenting, and in this case, I'm very glad I did. The two reports issued by the DOJ offer very different and conflicting images of the August events in Ferguson.

Cop Forced Woman To Have Sex With Him To Avoid Arrest: Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime

A New Jersey police officer told a woman that he could handle her legal troubles "in an adult manner" that would spare her from arrest, according to a...

Congressman announces #HandsUpChallenge

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

More than a half a century ago, a young preacher called a generation to action and forever changed the course of history. The Reverend Dr. Martin Lu...

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

8 Unforgettable Symbols From An Extraordinary Year Of Protests

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.28.2014 | World

From Africa to Europe to the Americas, 2014 has been a year of extraordinary protests. Some of these protests succeeded in overthrowing political lead...

Cause, Effect, and Justice for All: Cop Killers Should Be Brought to Justice, and So Should Cops Who Kill

Justin C. Young | Posted 02.21.2015 | Black Voices
Justin C. Young

If all lives matter, then the response should be mutual outrage and remorse for the loss of life. That should include the lives of cops and citizens, whether black, white, or of any race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.

With Each Killing I Ask: Are You My Emmett Till?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Our country needs all of us to chip in. Every day in your life you can push for change. I don't have enough room to list all the examples here, but educate yourself on what subtle, modern day racism looks like because its damage is real.

It's Been a Long Time Coming, But Permanent Change Is Within Our Grasp

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

If we do not get distracted or deterred, substantive change and police accountability will prevail. It is our job to remain focused and firm in our resolve. In the words of the late great Sam Cooke, it's been a long time coming, but a change is gonna come.

CNN Hosts Under Fire For Putting 'Hands Up' On Air

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.15.2014 | Media

CNN is facing criticism after four of its hosts were seen expressing support for those protesting the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner during...

5 Really Big Myths About 'Next Generation' Civil Rights and the Fight for an Open Internet

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Malkia A. Cyril

We are a new generation of civil rights leaders, 21st century Internet users with our hands and our digital voices raised, calling out #WhichSideAreYouOn? Our response? We're on the freedom side. We want our digital voices protected by real network neutrality.

Arthur Delaney

Police Shootings Of Unarmed Men Often Have Something In Common: The Waistband Defense | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown to death in August in Ferguson, Missouri, he claimed the teenager had reached into...

Here's Where To Protest Police Killings Of Black Men

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

One week after a Staten Island, New York, grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, protests continue nati...