During the War for Independence, a young, black Philadelphian, James Forten, decided to fight on the American side following the passage of a state law titled "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery." It convinced him that Pennsylvania, at least, was on the right side of the struggle.
We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...
We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.
Excitedly I took notes on cheap yellowed copy paper, trimmed from newsprint for note-taking and folded three ways so as to fit in my suit coat. At 22 I knew I was enjoying what I thought may be a booming career.
If President Obama really means what he has said repeatedly about supporting the aspirations of the Egyptian people, then he will have to recognize that in Egypt today, as in America in 1963, that can mean opposing government policy.
In the maturity of our age and life experience, this time when Natalie and I came together, we were both acutely conscious of our racial differences.
Out of an unbearable instance of humanity's capacity for inhumanity there grew a great energizing of common purpose among people of good will, wherever they might have come from.
As you thought there couldn't be any more footage of live clips, scenes, photo exhibits, other artistic reinterpretations or the highly bestowed awards of honor related to Muhammad Ali, here comes a powerful new documentary titled, The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
Climate change is one of the greatest moral disasters of human history, because the people who will suffer the most have been the least responsible for its cause. Those of us in the developed countries somehow think that we will escape its results, turning away from the hundreds of millions who will be caught in the whirlwind of misery that is coming.
"These children -- unoffending, innocent, and beautiful -- were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity."
For the last few weeks, many have commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. However, one must ask, will the media and ordinary citizens be equally passionate about covering the anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing?
'Civil rights' does not mean, 'African American Rights.' We do not enjoy civil rights as Muslims, Jews, Christians, or Hindus. We do not enjoy civil rights as Italians, Indians, Africans, or Asians. We enjoy civil rights not separately, but together, as Americans.
Much of the racial wealth gap is a result of deliberate policy choices, both by government and the private sector. And because wealth can be handed down from generation to generation, the effects linger long after discriminatory policies change.
I had the pleasure to speak and participate at the March On Washington this year. We cheered, we cried, we remembered, we chanted, we commemorated and we marched, in the same spirit of those who fought for us in times past.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - It's a humbling experience to meet one of history's heroes. But as scores of people found out here last week, it's more complica...
Dr. King spoke about the solutions of fairness, opportunity and equality. We have come so far but for many of our citizens the ideals of justice, liberty and the pursuit of the American Dream remain an elusive dream.