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How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

60 Years of Sound Bites to Remember

Irv Chapman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

A good sound bite packs emotion, opinion, news value and personality, and leaps into a reporter's ear.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

"The Halo Effect" and "Blinding Charisma": Food for Understanding and Thought, Thought, and More Thought

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
SaraKay Smullens

In 1920 psychologist Edward Thorndike (1874 to 1949) coined the phrase, "The Halo Effect," which grew to define one's overall impression in his or her life --- of a person, a leader, a product, of absolutely anything -- as experienced only positively, with any neutral, conflicting or negative thoughts completely ruled out.

Will the Supreme Court Honor Dr. King's Legacy?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The Supreme Court shouldn't dishonor Dr. King's memory by removing one of the tools we have used to build bridges from the "islands of despair" of racialized poverty and segregation he decried.

Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.19.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

What Happened in Selma?

Alan Singer | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

My greatest concern with the story told in the movie Selma is that it presents the final march from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act as a triumphant conclusion to the African American Civil Rights Movement. But history is much more complicated.

Another Historian Says 'Selma' Is 'Not Correct'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment

A Lyndon B. Johnson biographer with a new book about the president told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that the depiction of LBJ in Ava DuVernay's "Selma"...

David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Wallis

Many historians just see King as a "civil rights" leader, but they don't fully understand how being a minister and a faith leader made his role in the movement possible. Oyelowo believes, after the years of research into King and the civil rights movement, that King could not have led this movement had he not been a "man of faith."

This LBJ Fan Says You Should See The Film "Selma"

John A. Tures | Posted 01.15.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Should you see the movie "Selma," or should you avoid it because people claim LBJ gets a bad rap? I admit I was skeptical first, being an LBJ fan, but chose to watch the movie to see for myself.

John Legend and Common Sing Selma's "Glory" at the Metropolitan Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bracing an icy rain, Harry Belafonte, Gay Talese, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ruben Santiago Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Gayle King, Tamron Hall, and many ot...

On the 50th Birthday of Medicare and Medicaid, We're Stronger Thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

The Affordable Care Act is the biggest coverage expansion in 50 years and is contributing to bringing health cost growth under control.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

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

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | 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.

Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

David helped to create the modern electoral process. He used television brilliantly; he helped introduce the slickness and trickery that is used by almost all political operatives as they seek to elect their candidates. He was smart, he was tough and for the last 30 years, he was my friend.

SELMA Movie Is Powerful, Passionate, Painful!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I saw the movie, Selma, at the CAA screening room just 30 minutes after hearing the horrific Ferguson, Mo. verdict, and watched the powerful, passionate film through tears of rage and shame.

Obama v. Johnson: Obama Wins

Richard Brodsky | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The widely-accepted critique of Obama is that his cool, detached and depersonalized style has cost him and the country dearly. No relationships with the Congress, White House-centric controls on agencies, and a lone wolf approach to running the country that doesn't work.

How the White South Became the White South Again

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The ousting of three-term U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) from her seat in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) put the capper on the white Southern flip-flop from Democrat to Republican. The stock explanation for this change is race, gut there's another explanation for the GOP's lock on Southern whites that's every bit as compelling.

Vietnam Welcomes America with Open Arms

Llewellyn King | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Llewellyn King

No grunt slogging through the jungles of Vietnam could imagine that in 2014, 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese would be welcoming back Americans as investors, tourists, advisers and protectors.

10 Worst Senate/House Defeats of the Last 100 Years

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some liken the Republican victory to a giant wave. However, when compared to historical elections involving the houses of congress, this win is more like spilling a glass of water. The following elections are the worst defeats of either Democrats or Republicans in the last 100 years.

Why We Are So Easily Manipulated by the Politics of Fear

David Ropeik | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

Be afraid. Be VERY afraid! Of Ebola. Of ISIS. Of immigrants threatening to bring both threats across a porous border that can't be protected by a president who can't even protect his own house. Be afraid! Vote Republican.

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Football and Race in Mississippi

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

If white Mississippians can identify with, embrace and cheer deliriously for teams that are 82 percent (Mississippi State) and 75 percent (Ole Miss) black, is it too much to hope that they might bring themselves to at least stop hating and show a modicum of respect to a president who is 50 percent black?

Climate Change: It's About the Children, Stupid! Or Is It?

Peterson Toscano | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Peterson Toscano

Today we are in troubled times. This current climate crisis calls on us to dig deep inside ourselves to find the courage needed to face the reality of climate change, to educate ourselves, and to discover what our roles might be on a new planet. The ball is now in our hands.