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A New Solution to an Old Problem: School Integration

Priscilla Wohlstetter | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Priscilla Wohlstetter

Federal, state and local policymakers of all races across the US are clamoring to integrate schools in order to achieve socioeconomic diversity -- not only as a matter of social justice and constitutional compliance, but also on the grounds that socioeconomic diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand.

Why The Language We Use About Terrorist Attacks Really Matters

Tim Suttle | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Tim Suttle

Our strategy of war has not been very effective in terms of quelling global terrorism, and it has eroded all of the goodwill we experienced after 9/11. We responded to our tragedy by calling it war instead of murder. I beg the people of France not to make the same mistake America did.

Can Religious Institutions Become Sweeping Forces for Social Progress?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Religious institutions have, at times, been at the forefront of progress by engaging in forceful spiritual leadership. The engagement in Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers grape boycott in the 1960s, for example. But where are we more than half a century later?

Jimmy Carter Mediating Dispute Between Martin Luther King Jr.'s Heirs

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Former President Jimmy Carter is helping settle a dispute between Martin Luther King Jr.'s children over whether to sell Ki...

10 Years Strong

Areva Martin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Areva Martin

As Special Needs Network celebrates our 10-year anniversary and the decade that we have spent serving South LA's special needs families, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

A Glimmer of Hope for Detroit

Al Eisele | Posted 09.22.2015 | Detroit
Al Eisele

A pair of stories on the front page of the Sept. 16 Detroit News, which I picked up during a change of planes in Detroit's vast airport while enroute ...

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Kim Davis' Religious Freedom: Bigotry By Any Other Name

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

Kim Davis should not be mentioned in the same article as Martin Luther King Jr, yet SE Cupp and Loconte did just that, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s entire campaign of civil disobedience was based on the belief that citizens owed allegiance to the "natural law" -- a moral law higher than that of any civil authority.

Top Bishop Predicts Pope Will Address Racial Justice In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is expected to address climate change, poverty and other hallmark issues during his first visit to the United States in late S...

Using Dr. King's Name to Support Bigotry

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Kim Davis has been jailed because her God-sense tells her it is right and fitting to discriminate against people; Dr. King was in jail because his God-sense told him it was wrong to mete out injustice against anyone - especially blacks.

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

Martin Luther King Jr. Delivered His 'I Have A Dream' Speech 52 Years Ago Today

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

Friday marks the 52nd anniversary of the March on Washington, during which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have A Dream" address...

Authentic Christianity a Myth

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

There has been something nagging at me for the longest time, and that is that authentic Christianity, as described by the presence and words of Jesus in the Christian Bible, does not exist.

'Not Racist' Guy Says Honoring MLK Will Make Him Show 'Racist Ways'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices

A Louisiana man claims he's not racist, but if his community moves forward with a plan to rename a half-mile stretch of road for Dr. Martin ...

Want A New Approach To Racism?

Tina Lifford | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Looking through the lens of systematic oppression, hundreds of years in the making, it is easy to surmise that there is no end in sight to our historical predicament. However, this is not the lens through which I see.

Who Put Confederate Flags Around Martin Luther King Jr.'s Church?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

  Dr. Raphael Warnock received the disturbing news on Thursday morning -- someone had draped four Confederate flags around the campus o...

5 Keys to Real Happiness From 5 Must-Read Books

Suna Senman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Fairytales feed our minds with the enchanted thoughts about finding a situation where our wishes are fulfilled and we live "happily ever after." Contrary to this belief, happiness is not something to go out and find.

A New Hymn for Charleston, the Nation and the World

Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Bruce & Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

"God, may we keep on sowing The seeds of justice here, Till guns are silent, people sing, And hope replaces fear."

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?