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J. Richard Cohen | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Today, in the digital age, our surveillance tools are much more powerful than they were in the days when the FBI tapped MLK's phone and bugged his hotel rooms. That's why the legal dispute between Apple and the FBI is so important.

Why We Should Teach About the FBI's War on the Civil Rights Movement

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.03.2016 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This month marks the 45th anniversary of a dramatic moment in U.S. history. On March 8, 1971--while Muhammad Ali was fighting Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, and as millions sat glued to their TVs watching the bout unfold--a group of peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole every document they could find.

Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

Did the FBI Kill My Father?

Anthony Colombo | Posted 02.09.2016 | Crime
Anthony Colombo

Forty-five years ago, my father, Joe Colombo, the alleged boss of the "Colombo" crime family, and founder of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, was gunned down among a crowd of thousands in one of the most highly publicized shootings in New York City's history.

Here's How The Nation Responded When A Black Militia Group Occupied A Government Building

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics

When armed militants seized a government building in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday, stating their willingness to "kill and be killed" and promising to st...

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.03.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

December 4, 1969 is the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Chicago Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, and, four days later, of the shootout between the Los Angeles Black Panthers and the LAPD.

"The Black Panther Party: Vanguard of Revolution" - Unfinished Business!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

The daunting takeaway from Stanley Nelson's "Black Panther Party: Vanguard of Revolution" is that almost every issue that gave rise to the Black Panther Party has yet to be resolved.

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker -- Documentary Film

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Of course when William Gazecki's documentary, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker came out, I had to see it. As a girl, Sophie comes over from Russia in steerage. She's plain, fat, and has to slave in her parents' luncheonette in Hartford Connecticut. She has a baby at nineteen, runs off, leaving the boy with her sister, and becomes a star?!

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

For four decades, some determined people sought to change the course of American history.Some ideals, are now part of the fabric of the country, like breakfast programs for inner city kids. Stick with this movie. It has a lot to say, a lot to reveal and is pertinent to today's testy police/civilian race relations.

If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. Disturbed by the National Security Agency's actions? Check your local listings for when the PBS show Independent Lens airs. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film.

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."

Fifty Years Later, Questions About Malcolm X's Assassination Remain

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.

On LBJ and Selma

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After he signed the Voting Rights Act, I asked LBJ if he thought this meant we'd have a black president in our time. He said no, we would have a woman first. Well, one down, another to go.

'Selma' Got It Right About Johnson, The FBI and King

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

What Johnson knew or worse authorized Hoover to do to thwart King will never be fully known. But as Selma pointed out, Hoover's gutter campaign against King happened on Johnson's watch, and he did nothing to stop it.

Selma

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

R.I.P. Martin Luther King. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability for changing hearts, minds and laws well-documented.

Donté Stallworth

Here's Why 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Still Thrive In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Donté Stallworth | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a sunny and clear Tuesday morning in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sitting in the kitchen of my girlfriend's apartment, I was eating a bo...

The United States of Emergency

Broderick Greer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Broderick Greer

In declaring a state of emergency in Missouri before any actual announcement by the Ferguson grand jury, Gov. Jay Nixon is shedding a valuable light on what happens when a culture of fearful white supremacy can't tolerate dissent, disorder, or difference.

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

10 Things I Learned About the Black Panthers From Viewing Party People

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Party People is playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre now until Nov. 16. It is the story of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords told by Univer...

Change, Dance and Hoover: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

Change is inevitable, growth is optional. Change will happen, everything will change, but if you embrace it and are open to it, then life can change for you.

Interview With Betty Medsger, Author Of The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a historic burglary, to put it mildly. It was also the first time modern newspapers were faced with the ethical question of whether to publish news stories which had as their sole source stolen government documents that arrived anonymously in the mail.

Before Snowden, Before Wikileaks, Before the Church Committee, Before Deep Throat, Before The Pentagon Papers... There Was The Burglary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty-three years ago this month, an obscure branch office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations located in a Philadelphia suburb was burgled. All their files were stolen (being 1971, these files were all on paper) and whisked away to a secret hideout, then they were sorted and sent to the media.

All the Way on Broadway

Rob Taub | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Rob Taub

My father told me many stories about LBJ, and I've read even more, so I can't imagine anyone better than Bryan Cranston playing him.

Goodnight, Shirley

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Celebrity
Keith Runyon

I suppose that there are some people who have never heard of Shirley Temple, and probably quite a few who don't recognize her as one of the great cultural icons of the 20th Century. But by the reaction to her death at the age of 85, I expect they are about to find out.

Questioning Authority: Edward Snowden

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

What we learned in 1971 is essentially the same thing we learned from the Snowden documents. The federal government is conducting illegal surveillance on Americans. Edward Snowden is a whistleblower. He is a patriot.