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Here’s What It’s Like To Walk Through The First National Black History Museum

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.19.2016 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON ― When you step into the elevator on the top floor of the David M. Rubenstein History Galleries, there’s a timeline to your right. It b...

How To Protect Vulnerable Voters In November

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Voter protection is a moral issue for democracy, and when it especially calls for the protection of our most vulnerable voters, is also becomes an issue of faith. Let's show that with our presence on Nov. 8.

The Forefront Of Progress: California Passes Historic Legislation To Protect Farm Workers

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

It means a hard working mother or father who rises before dawn in the summer heat or on a freezing winter's day and gets home well after the kids are asleep will finally get the pay they deserve but have been denied.

I Hear America Singing (Sometimes It's the Blues)

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.25.2016 | Good News
Paula Gordon

I heard America singing on Sunday night. Bluesman extraordinaire* Buddy Guy's music rang like the flip-side of Walt Whitman's famous poem. Whitman i...

Friday Talking Points -- A Warning For Complacent Democrats

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Michelle Obama follow in Hillary's footsteps and eventually run for the Senate in Illinois? We certainly hope so.

Changing Our Racial Narrative

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A key to changing America's future is changing the narrative we tell ourselves about our shared past.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

Searching For Solutions

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.

Hush, Child: A Black Mom's Tongue-Tied Attempt To Explain Cops Who Kill Us

Ylonda Caviness | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Ylonda Caviness

With all that I know and all that I have to say, right now words fail me. So I hug my babies close--closer than close. And as I cry myself to sleep, I whisper the words my granddaddy would use: Hush, Child.

21 Tweets That Show Why Saying 'All Lives Matter' Is Bulls**t

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices

For every black person that declares his or her life matters, there are at least a dozen hurt white people shouting “all lives matter” at them ins...

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Unpacking Trumpism In The Context Of American History

Van Gosse | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

Historians don't seek models. We make comparisons and look for analogies. So don't expect to find a pattern of Trumpism in American history, as in candidates that sound or act like him. But American historians are certainly asking themselves "How new is Trump?"

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

2016 Election Will Test Voter Intelligence

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Whither America? Whither the conscience and soul of America? A campaign based on negativity leavened with bombastic claims without details of how we...

Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Trumpism Sucker-Punches America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

A President Trump would turn our country into a place where violence becomes a tool used by the government in order to maintain authority, just as it was, to cite the most egregious example, during the era of Jim Crow. We must not let that happen.

The Third Reconstruction Era

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

Why Hillary Clinton’s Take On Abraham Lincoln Is ‘Total Fantasy'

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

During a Democratic forum this week, Hillary Clinton gave an account of American history that glossed over the racist terrorism that dominated the Sou...

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 11.26.2015 | Business
Jennifer S. Hirsch

How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.

An Interview With Carl Dix On: Racism, Police Brutality, Ferguson & Rise Up October

George Elerick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

I had the opportunity to interview Carl Dix, the co-founder of Stop Mass Incarceration and who has been exceptionally busy since the events in Ferguson, working to demand equality on all fronts.

Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

Gordon Parks' Photo Essay On 1950s Segregation Needs To Be Seen Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts

In the American South in the 1950s, black Americans were forced to endure something of a double life. In and around the home, children climbed trees a...