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How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Gay Rights Activist, MLK Mentor To Be Honored In LGBT Celebration

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 07.04.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Years before the gay rights movement gained momentum, an openly gay black activist named Bayard Rustin advised Martin Luther King Jr. on nonviol...

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

10 Things I Learned about Nina Simone

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened What Happened, Ninan Simone? on Netflix. The title comes from a Maya Angelou quote: Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by million...

Charleston: Quenching the Embers of Hate

Jim Moore | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

When I was a scout on my first camp-out, each boy in the troop was assigned a task; some scouts were in charge of the food; some took care of the large canisters of Kool-Aid and water; some helped with tent raising; and others, usually at least one older boy along with a couple of younger scouts, were in charge of the fire pit.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

Needed: Prophetic Voices

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last week, I went back to Oberlin for my 50th reunion where much of the weekend was a celebration of our graduation ceremony in 1965, whose commencement speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine what his prophetic voice might have accomplished had he lived into the 21st century.

'Heed Their Rising Voices'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Our nation owes a great debt to the young persons and older adults who protested against acts of actual or perceived police misconduct in Baltimore, Maryland; Staten Island, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ferguson, Missouri; Cleveland, Ohio; North Charleston, South Carolina; and other cities around the country. They are the moral conscience of our nation.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: 'A Riot Is The Language Of The Unheard'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion

America has witnessed months of protests against racism and police brutality following the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and othe...

A Holiday in My Heart... Honoring Coretta Scott King as a Legacy Builder on Her Birthday

Bernice A. King | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

My mother refused to be intimidated by the many threats, acts of violence, having her home bombed on two occasions, or even the assassination of her husband. Never did she waver from her and my father's shared determination that America must honor its sacred promise of equality and justice for citizens of every race.

Rihanna's New Single "American Oxygen" and What it Means for America

Natalie Kalin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

If Rihanna does in fact feel the growing changes in the US, we must ask ourselves a greater question: if a celebrity--a citizen that is very removed from the face of danger or misdeed--is feeling distraught over America's current state, what does that mean for our country?

Gay Rights, Religious Freedom and the Moral Arc

Michael Shermer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shermer

The arc of the moral universe is bending toward justice for gays and lesbians faster than any moral rights revolution in history, as evidenced this week in Indiana.

To Quote Emma Watson...

Sarah Cannata | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Sarah Cannata

It wasn't until attending the first event in the series and listening to a panel of successful and inspiring women that I too was asking this question: In 2015, why are we still engaging in a conversation based on obtaining equality for all?

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."

Lyndon Johnson's Letter To Martin Luther King's Widow To Be Auctioned

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - A condolence letter from President Lyndon Johnson to the widow of the Rev. Martin Luth...

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
Washington Spectator

Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.

The Beautiful Moment Selma Marchers Shared In Jail With MLK

OWN | Posted 03.06.2015 | OWN

Fifty years ago, in 1965, close friends Ethel Carrington Archibald and Shirley Morris Robertson became a part of history. The women were just 19 y...

Selma: Commemoration and Commitment

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

I will be among the thousands of people traveling to Selma to commemorate the sacrifices of 50 years ago and to recommit to the struggle for equal rights today. For it would be a grave mistake to believe that the struggle is over.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

Sasha Bronner

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Icon: 'Thank God I Learned That Color Makes No Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices

Amelia Boynton Robinson was nearly beaten to death in 1965 during the first march in Selma, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. She was 53 years ol...

Prophet Muhammad's Example of Anti-Racism

Craig Considine | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

To further promote better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as people of different skin colors, it is imperative that media outlets highlight Muhammad's anti-racist ethos. Rather than being a divisive figure, Muhammad is an inspiration for those working to rid the world of the evil of racism.

Negotiating Past and Present With the Film Selma

Sheril Antonio | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are given an important new perspective on the moments leading up to the fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. This is precisely why the arts remain so vital, because of the way artists sort things out for us, each in their own unique way.