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Martin Luther King Jr

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

Natalie Kalin | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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.

The Dream Lives

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
J. Randall O'Brien

You may say Dr. King was a Dreamer, but he's not the only one. Do we not dream of a just society, too? Do we not dream of a day of better opportunity, full equality, and hope for all?

The Shift

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Kathy Kelly

If we turn to each other with a readiness to share resources, live simply and practice fairness, perhaps it will find a way to end cruelties as wrongheaded as this prison system.

Jeb Bush Staffer Praised Martin Luther King Jr. For Not Wearing 'Pants Sagged To His Ankles'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new chief technology officer of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's recently formed political action committee, who made headlines this w...

Celebrate Rosa Parks' February 4th Birthday With Some of Her Greatest Quotes

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Jeryl Brunner

Rosa Parks' solitary act of defiance helped launch a city-wide Montgomery Bus Boycott that would last for 13 months and alter American history.

Dreaming of Dignity: The Movie "Selma"

Carol Smaldino | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

I saw "Selma" today and I have to say I was filled with so many of the emotions that for me mark a movie experience as being profound, memorable, and in this case so very worthy of attention and appreciation by governing bodies of groups that give awards--you know like the Oscars.

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.

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

MLK Children Working To Settle Legal Dispute

AP | Posted 01.29.2015 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace ...

Navigating Between a Parallel and a Real Universe

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

I have been traveling away from Palo Alto to L.A., Florida, and New York City. During this time there have been certain events in the news and others from my personal experience that have challenged my customary comfort zone of perception and cognition.

In Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Providence of Hope for a New Generation

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

I was quite literally born into the Civil Rights Movement in 1959, as my mother and father were already deeply committed to changing the world for the better by simply getting married: a handsome Negro man to a strikingly beautiful, aristocratic, blue-eyed blonde.

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

How far have we really come since Dr. King's passing in 1968? Could those who argue that we now live in a truly post-racial society be wearing the blinders of white privilege? Consider the following.