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50 Years Ago at the Lincoln Memorial

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

Fifty years ago, on August 28th, I stood in the dense and expectant crowd near the Lincoln Memorial to hear Dr. Martin Luther King. Fifty years later, Jim Crow is gone and segregation is illegal. Yet, the legacy of Jim Crow persists.

Looking for Televised Insight Into Black Condition Is Hopeless

Jason Whitlock | Posted 09.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Whitlock

The uniqueness of the black American experience and the side effects of that experience are not difficult to relate to, convey or understand. It's just that most pundits and broadcasters are far too lazy, scared and convinced of viewer ignorance to go beyond simple-minded, attention-grabbing sound bites.

Embedded Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our present legal system has evolved from legal and social structures that regarded certain categories of human beings as chattel. That immorality has never been officially disowned. It has never been fully and courageously addressed.

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

Sanford and Its Sons: From Jackie Robinson to Trayvon Martin

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

I don't know if any of the reporters covering George Zimmerman's trial saw the film 42, but if they had they would have learned something about the racist history of Sanford, Florida.

How Not to Be Racist

Floyd Elliot | Posted 08.31.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Anyone who says, "Now, I'm not a racist, but... " is a ginormous racist-y racist and is about to say something horrendously racist. Another thing: accidental racist, you say? I call bulls***.

The Top Six Examples of Dirty Republican Politics From This Week

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Chicanery and complex scheming in politics isn't anything new, but the intensity and frequency -- not to mention the broad-daylight hubris of it all -- by the Republicans this week has been extraordinary to behold.

Supreme Court Helps the GOP Revive the Era of Jim Crow

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Here's a fantastic example of cognitive dissonance. On Tuesday, Republicans continued their collective screeching about the rapidly fizzling IRS non-scandal and how the government unfairly targeted conservatives, while also applauding a ruling which allows Republican-controlled states to deliberately target and disenfranchise Democrats.

The Naked Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image -- the American brand -- with its irresistible combination of might and right.

A Broken System Perpetuates Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

I live in a vital, racially and ethnically diverse Chicago neighborhood and I watch it happen -- racial profiling, the stop-and-frisk game. This is not making my neighborhood safer. It's wrecking lives at enormous public expense.

Rhetoric, Race And Religion: The Civil Rights Movement

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Studying the Civil Rights Movement and the use of religious testimony, the application of civil religion, the use of biblical narratives and the role of the Church helps to provide a basis for reflection upon issues that are germane to us even today.

Happy (100th) Birthday, Local 8!

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Join us in celebrating Local 8's birthday, a shining star in the labor movement "that brought you the weekend." Even better, visit the Tides of Freedom exhibit to learn more about the African Americans who contributed to the great maritime history of Philadelphia.

How Children Transformed America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On this 50th anniversary of the Birmingham Children's Crusade it is a time to remember, honor, and follow the example of the children who were frontline soldiers and transforming catalysts in America's greatest moral movement of the 20th century.

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Holdover from the Jim Crow Era

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.26.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Last week, the Delaware State legislature approved a constitutional amendment to allow people with nonviolent felony convictions to vote after their release from prison. This is a major step forward for a nation still struggling to heal old racial wounds.

Opening the Cradle to Prison Pipeline -- The Newest Jim Crow

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The most recent education news provides alarming indications that the "pipeline" from early childhood neglect to young adult incarceration is disappearing. I don't suggest that the problem is going away. Quite to the contrary.

42

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.

My Father Called

Nadine Smith | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Nadine Smith

"Unequal marriage laws were the reason you and your older brothers were born in Maine," my father told me. It was a simple statement of fact and it banged into my heart sideways.

State Lawmakers Look To Repeal Jim Crow Law Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

A group of state lawmakers in North Carolina is undertaking a new effort to eliminate a racist relic of the Jim Crow era that remains enshrined in the...

Missing: Leadership and Core Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?

Immigrants Yearn to Be Americans, Not a Permanent Underclass

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Sharry

This question of citizenship vs. residency is no mere technical policy dispute. This idea of denying citizenship to 11 million people -- a population the size of Ohio -- goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.

Mrs. Rosa Parks -- Before and After the Bus

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.

The Tuskegee Airmen Discuss Their Battle During WWII With Discrimination

Lee Allport | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Lee Allport

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of African-American military aviators. They fought in WWII and although they were risking their lives for our country, they were still subjected to Jim Crow laws.

What You Don't Know About Voting Reform...

Matthew Segal | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Matthew Segal

President Obama has now used his election night victory, Inauguration, and State of the Union address to highlight the injustice of long voting lines and voter suppression in America. The question is now what?

Rosa Parks' Grandfather

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.13.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Many of Detroit's youth arts organizations are intentionally carrying forward the inheritance that we honor by remembering figures like Dr. King and Mother Parks, as she is affectionately called among Detroiters.