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The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot raise awareness about the heroines and heroes of history, and then turn around and be cowards 50 years later. This Congress must deal with overt moves among states to obstruct people's right to vote, and they must restore federal protections of voting rights.

Civil Rights Icon John Lewis: Without Selma, Barack Obama Would Not Be President

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon who had his skull fractured by police when he led a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala...

Israeli Consul: Supporters of Bibi's Speech Want to Humiliate President Obama

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If any doubt remains that Speaker Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3 represents a coordinated attack on President Obama by the right-wing noise machine, let Israel's consul general in Philadelphia, Yaron Sideman, put it to rest.

John Lewis: A True Superhero

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

His civilian name is John Lewis, by day a mild-mannered congressman from Georgia, but in his role as a civil rights leader extraordinaire he is one of America's most courageous heroes. He has just released the second of a planned trilogy of graphic novels titled March.

How Selma Changed My Life

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Runyon

Thanks to television, the entire civil rights era is part of my personal history, even though my middle class white family never participated in a demonstration. But we were part of it all. Every American alive in the 1960s was, no matter what position you took. I am proud of my parents' views, and how they guided me.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.

Amanda Terkel

Black Lawmakers To Focus On Criminal Justice Reform In New Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months w...

Amanda Terkel

Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Calls On Steve Scalise To Apologize To Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is often referred to as the conscience of Congress on civil rights, called on one of the House's top GOP of...

Selma and Richard Valeriani: A Reporter's Story

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.07.2015 | Media
Nancy Doyle Palmer

I recently interviewed Richard Valeriani, a former NBC News correspondent and friend who both covered Selma and watched Selma. He himself suffered a head injury just weeks before the March 7 "Bloody Sunday" march across Edmund Pettus Bridge. Here is what he had to say about the film; in true form, he had some criticisms as well as some kudos.

Lewis: Seeing Myself Being Portrayed In 'Selma' Is 'Almost Too Much'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon, said it was "almost too much" to see himself being portrayed by an actor in the new movie "Selma," which...

Paige Lavender

Rand Paul Honestly Thinks He's Congress' Biggest Defender Of Minority Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

Confronted about his involvement in numerous controversies involving race, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said in an interview published Thursday that nobody ...

This Adorable Holiday Ad Starring A Penguin Just Waddled Right Into Our Hearts

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Good News

Even though it isn't even Thanksgiving yet, the Christmas-themed commercials have already begun -- and this one is sure to warm your heart on a bluste...

John Lewis Re-Elected To Congress In Midterm Election

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was re-elected to Congress on Tuesday. Lewis, a Civil Rights icon, ran unopposed. He was first elected to the House of Repr...

Republicans Fear Paying a Price for Attacks on Interests of African Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Community and civil rights organizations are exhorting African American voters to go to the polls in the mid-term elections by pointing out that when African Americans don't vote they get outcomes like Ferguson, Missouri. Republicans think that reference to Ferguson is "inflammatory." It's not the least bit "inflammatory."

Georgia's Michelle Nunn Turns To Civil Rights Icon John Lewis In Appeal To Black Voters

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Michelle Nunn's difficult political balancing act as she seeks Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat was on full display at a rally Mo...

Holder's Civil Rights Legacy Will Endure

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 11.29.2014 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

In this turbulent time, Holder's physical presence in African American neighborhoods, worship centers, and meetings with African American faith leaders provided a necessary connection to the White House.

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

Here's How Politicians Have Reacted To The Protests In Ferguson

The Huffington Post | David McCabe | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

Politicians around the country have reacted as national attention has focused on the clashes between police and those protesting the shooting of unarm...

Rep. John Lewis On Ferguson: 'Declare Martial Law'

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) called on President Barack Obama to declare martial law in Ferguson, Missouri, where police and protesters h...

House Candidates Divided On Belief That Humans Contribute To Climate Change

AP | MATTHEW BROWN and LISA BAUMANN | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's U.S. House candidates claim to offer "all-of-the-above" solutions to the nation's energy problems— a familiar man...

Democracy: No Longer for Sale?

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?

Social Justice for Us Today: Sojourners' Summit

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Sojourners, a national Christian organization, is celebrating more than 40 years of faith in action for social justice.

John Lewis to Young Leaders: Get in 'Necessary Trouble'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Not every speaker tells a crowd of young leaders that their job is to get into trouble. But that's part of the message iconic civil rights warrior and now Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) conveyed to students this week.

Zach Carter

How The Congressional Black Caucus Went To War With Itself Over Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

Gwen Moore does not seem like anybody's idea of a corporate stooge. The Milwaukee Democrat, a single mom who once survived on welfare, has sponsored e...