Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.
It's time we renew and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. This would carry on the legacy and spirit of the Civil Rights Act and would continue to help America better live up to our creed that all individuals are created equal.
Dr. King challenged us to confront the urgency of our collective mission: "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." We cannot rest.
I'm no stranger to tough situations; my work has taken me into a lot of intensely challenging environments, from psychiatric hospitals to jails. I, ...
Look closely and you can find me in the picture below. It was taken last month at the National Press Club. The occasion was the release of the Black W...
Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and teachings are an inspiration for anyone who fights for social justice. Shaun Casey, a theologian and savvy political analyst, serves as the first Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs in the US State Department.
For too long, the narrative of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life has not reflected his whole self and the radical vision he had for the world. And so on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18th, I along with 23 other people got arrested while stopping traffic on the Bay Bridge.
When I want to believe that America is a democracy -- indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles -- I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it.
Amid national headlines of growing tension between Blacks and police departments nationwide, some Harlem organizations and residents work to continue establishing a healthy relationship with local law enforcement agencies that depict a different story in the name of peace and partnership to mold and shape a renewed community.
I have come to the conclusion that one of the most important roles for higher education is to prepare students to live and work with people who are different from themselves--to make sure that difference is viewed as an enriching experience rather than a threatening one.
As I entered the Auditorium I could feel excitement in the buzz around me. My seatmates commented that this was their eighth Too Hot To Handle.
While workers across the nation fight for a $15 minimum wage and citizens suffer from institutional neglect in Flint, Michigan, we should remember Martin Luther King Jr. had a much more revolutionary dream for the United States of America.
My hometown of Minneapolis was recently captivated by a now-familiar drama that played out on our streets. First, a black man (Jamar Clark) died at th...
Dreaming of peace and security within the institutional framework under which we exist -- the law -- should not be unrealistic.
I stand to pursue racial justice and equity for all. I highly detest and condemn violence toward anyone, including those who protect us.
Last Sunday, January 17, in a sermon, "Prophecy and Politics," for Martin Luther King Day at Prospect Park United Methodist Church about my experiences as a young man in the civil rights movement, I addressed prejudices against working class whites.