The human animal is, quite reasonably, afraid of the dark. When living in it, we seek light. In accepting the reality of Nelson Mandela's death, my sad heart is drawn to the light of hope he offers us all: history will be what we make of it.
The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.
Stepping out gracefully, without stepping in was one of the themes at the Aspen gathering this year. I remember sitting in the room and taking it all ...
The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.
Mandela was a giant of a statesman, whose passing leaves us with pigmies at the helm of most countries. But when someone dies after giving a lifetime to humanity, we should at least pay them the respect of addressing what they said, even if we disagree with them.
They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.
On December 4th it will be 44 years since a select unit of 14 Chicago Police officers executed a pre-dawn raid on a west side apartment that left Illinois Black Panther Party leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark dead.
This past summer, I stood on the northern grounds of The City College of New York, surrounded by large rectangular panels representing works from more than 90 visual artists.
Calling for an international "Sustainability Revolution," spearheaded by faith leaders from around the world, American environmental leader Christina Lee Brown Thursday implored the 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace to address the imminent perils of climate change.
I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.
It is time to get over the notion that not being lost in hatred is a sign of weakness or giving in. We are ready for another way of viewing strength and a fresh approach to improving life on this planet.
We mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK with sadness and wonder at what might have been if this extraordinarily charming and visionary president had lived to complete two terms. Yet we know that his luminous example of hope and courage continues to set the standard.
Rustin taught us to believe in ourselves, in our own ability to transform individuals and societies steeped in discrimination, deaf to the calls of compassion, and yet never beyond redemption.
It has been fifty years and I keep waiting for the next Kennedy. But then I realize it is for future generations to find their own Kennedy, the person who will excite them enough to enter public service.
Racism and sexism are very sensitive matters that include a history and heritage that neither should be forgotten or reclaimed. By trying to reshape these problems, you are in essence selfishly attempting to liberate yourself by disgracing the very people who actually experience it.
As we mark this 50th anniversary of JFK's presidency cut short, we might also pause and consider Caroline Kennedy as the six-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece of gun violence victims.