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Medgar Evers

Shooting Sites, Tribal Burying Ground Named National Historic Landmarks

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics

The sites of two shootings and a Native American burial ground have been designated National Historic Landmarks, the Department of the Interior announ...

I Am Not Your Negro

Dwight Brown | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind ...

MLK Knew That Words Are More Powerful Than Violence

Myrlie Evers | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Myrlie Evers

Today, as we are celebrating Dr. King, let's take a minute and reflect on his life, but also rededicate ourselves to stopping the cycle of violence. We can disagree with one another, but rather than pulling the trigger we should have a conversation.

50 Years Ago, This Man Was Murdered For Being a Voting Rights Activist

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.13.2017 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Vernon Dahmer being killed by the Ku Klux Klan. On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote.

VIDEO: Why Marriage Won At The Supreme Court And What Comes Next

Matt Baume | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

The idea that gays and lesbians should be included really isn't all that new. It's been there in the Constitution this whole time. The Constitution's just been waiting for us to catch up to it.

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

Not Just a Ferguson Problem

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer.

Race and Murder in America from the Time of Jefferson Davis to Jordan Davis

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Every life matters. When someone is murdered, the loss cannot be measured. Hearing the grief, the real despair about the future in this country for African Americans expressed after the announcement of the Jordan Davis verdict made me think about the past.

On MLK Day, Honoring 7 Other Activists Who Gave Their Lives For A Cause

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

As we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we wanted to acknowledge some under-appreciated activists who also sacrificed their l...

Ducks and Race

Robert Slayton | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Slayton

Phil Robertson thought he was a TV star. Now he's in trouble.The concern is his remarks about homosexuals. Bigotry, worthy of the utmost condemnation? Absolutely. But less noticed were his comments about race.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

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.

Assassinations, Anniversaries, and the New America Now

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Anniversaries are often that occasion when a spark of hope for the future is renewed in the hearts of individuals, a community, or a nation. People, whose lives have been touched near and far, pay their momentary tribute and respect.

New Portrait Honors Clyde Kennard, Forgotten Civil Rights Pioneer

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.

Discriminating Taste: Rhapsody in Black Puts Audiences on the Path to Transcending Racism

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

Murder in Tall Grass -- A Civil Rights Story

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I remember as if it were yesterday. I had flown from my home in Detroit to Jackson, Miss., for the funeral of Medgar Evers, the African-American civil rights leader who was working as a field secretary for the NAACP in 1963.

It's Marching Time: Supreme Court Attacks Voting Rights and Challenges Affirmative Action

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

No other "ish" should matter, and when I say "ish," you know exactly what I mean. I woke up this morning with a slight sense of depression. It had not...

Remembering Medgar Evers: A Lesson of Civic Engagement

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, when I think about the lessons of Medgar Evers the one word that comes to mind is "action." This man didn't live his life complaining about how bad things were as much as he spent his life taking tangible actions to fix the oppressive conditions of his community.

Supremely Equal Under the Law

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Like a strong majority of Americans, I believe we are all equal under the law -- now I hope the Supreme Court agrees: any day now we will learn the fates of our voting rights and marriage rights.

We Aren't Ready

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We must not forget that a legal victory does not equal immediate justice. When defeated in the open, ignorance and bigotry and hate go underground. Those who hate will plan attacks designed to put entire groups of people on notice.

Myrlie Evers-Williams Returns To Mississippi As More Than A Civil Rights Widow | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices

Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her t...

To Medgar, With Gratitude

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

The greatest injustice to Medgar Evers' legacy is not his death, but the failure of subsequent generations of Americans to tell his story.