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What Happened in Selma?

Alan Singer | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 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.

Garth the Great

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 02.22.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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.

Amber Ferguson

The Most Memorable Presidential Addresses Throughout History

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics

Sixty-seven years ago, on Oct. 5, 1947, Americans gathered around their small black-and-white television sets to watch a revolution in presidential co...

What Head Start Can Teach Us About Quality Education

Martine Singer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Martine Singer

This fall we're welcoming more than 300 three- and four-year olds at Head Start sites in Los Angeles and Burbank. Head Start is the federal school readiness program that serves a million low-income children across the country.

From Ferguson to Forest Grove: Keeping Hope Alive for Racial Progress

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

This cause is part of America's great unfinished business. We all have a moral obligation to carry on until the dream of equality is reached in full.

A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

It is unfortunate that few Americans know much about labor history and the Reuther brothers, who built the United Auto Workers union that transformed the broader labor movement and helped build the nation's middle class.

"I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Famous Speech 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer.

Washington in 1964: How Different It Was

Keith Runyon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

I read with interest, and a good bit of sadness, the story in The New York Times this week about the decline of the U.S. Senate Dining Room, apparently yet another victim of the noxious partisanship in our nation's capital.

'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This question of citizenship and political representation is as important today as it was then -- yet the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is not even mentioned in many major U.S. history textbooks.