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Celebrating W.E.B. Du Bois: A Towering Figure Who Died 52 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Du Bois is recognized as one of the monumental intellectual and political figures of the 20th century and certainly its most influential African American thinker. Author of eighteen books, Du Bois' writings challenged America's ideas about race and helped lead the early crusade for civil rights.

South Carolina Team Returns to Little League World Series for First Time Since Racist Boycott in 1955

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

For all they achieved in life, or did not achieve in life, the Cannon Street all-stars continue to wonder what would have happened if bigotry had not denied them the opportunity of playing in the Little League World Series.

Julian Bond's Final Gift

EBONY.com | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

By: Asha French Since I heard the news of Julian Bond's passing on Saturday, I have not been able to shake my memory of the story he told at Emory...

Julian Bond, Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder -- and Friend

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

America has lost a great leader, and many of us have lost a good friend. For those of us becoming active in the movement -- especially those of us in the South -- Julian Bond was an absolute hero.

The Julian Bond I Remember and Honor

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.16.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Bond didn't just force me to rethink my jaundiced and cynical view of the NAACP. He also forced me to rethink my view of the organization's leadership, the challenges it faced and the struggles and controversies both within and without that embroiled the organization.

True Strength at America's Journey for Justice

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

The strength I witnessed was in the elders who led our march and carried the American flag. These men, beaten and brutalized so many decades ago, had marched with Dr. King during the original Freedom Marches. Additionally, I witnessed strength in the next generation.

Racial Disparities In McKinney, Texas, Extend Well Beyond Pool Parties

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A troubling new report on youth and policing in McKinney, Texas -- the Dallas suburb where an officer was filmed shoving an African-Ameri...

Was Mister Rogers Racist? Twelve Facts About Our Favorite Neighbor

Michael G. Long | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers, the beloved creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, never marched in the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the registered Republican was far from a street protestor, Rogers eventually became a quiet advocate of racial integration.

How to Give Students a Chance at the Game

Ingrid Ellerbe | Posted 08.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ingrid Ellerbe

Before we so simply make the decision that a child is in despair and "just can't do the work" we should consider the work that we are giving them. Is it empowering or is rote? Is it meaningful or is it memorization? Is it motivational or is it drudgery? We have the choice to make learning exceptional which leads to creating exceptional students. And, when our students win, we win.

Tell Congress to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by Restoring Its Key Protections

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The League of Women Voters has been standing its ground in the fight against discrimination and for voting rights for 95 years, and restoring the VRA is an important step to keep our elections fair, free and accessible.

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

NAACP'S 'Journey For Justice' Protest March Kicks Off In Selma

AP | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.03.2015 | Black Voices

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Protest marches have been part of Selma's civil rights fabric since 1965, but an 860-mile trek to Washington had a minister leani...

Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

Keith Rushing | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Keith Rushing

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution.

We Need to Stop Joking About Prison Rape

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.24.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

The fact of the matter? In any way, shape or form, rape is, was and never has been a joke. Yet why do we crack these tired old gags about Bubba and not bending for soap in the showers? The material is lame, done to death and not even that funny to begin with.

Obama at the NAACP: Nibbling at the Margins

Inge Fryklund | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Inge Fryklund

The fundamental problem isn't the sentencing. The real problem is defining the sale and usage of drugs as criminal acts. That underlying assumption went unchallenged in Obama's call for criminal justice reform.

A Historic Week for the Fight to #EndMassIncarceration! But Will President Obama Play It Safe or Courageously?

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

The President can and must do more. There are at least two things in his executive authority and at least one or two more things that he must call on Congress to do in order to meet the challenge of the hour.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

President Obama: You Forgot Women and Mass Incarceration

Michele Goodwin | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

There is urgent need to recognize that the dangerous norms that trigger male incarceration, particularly the drug war, also impact women. This issue will not resolve on its own. Nor will policy solutions designed primarily, if not exclusively for men, address the concerns of women behind bars.

The Electrifying Rachel Dolezal Story

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But that's not the main reason parts of Black America are upset with her. People are upset that she CHOSE to live as black woman, and she can CHOOSE to live as a white woman with all rights and privileges restored while everyday black folks can't shed their blackness in favor of being white for a day.

Another Black Man Goes to Prison

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Alexander Reynolds

Just like last week and the week before, another black man will be going to prison. But the tragedy stops here. This man is not a criminal or a hopeless recidivist. This man is Barack Obama, the first sitting President of the United States to tour a federal prison -- El Reno in Oklahoma.

Eric Holder Is Really, Really Sick Of People Saying He's Anti-Cop

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening, she tried to thread a needle ...

Obama: Criminal Justice System 'Skewed By Race And By Wealth'

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

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This Is Our Selma

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

It's a sad and shameful truth that 50 years after the bloodshed in Selma -- 50 years after our prized Voting Rights Act -- African Americans have fewer, not more, voting protections today. This is a moral struggle. Once again, we must put on our marching shoes.

NAACP Ends 15-Year Boycott Of South Carolina

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.11.2015 | Politics

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced Saturday the end to its 15-year economic boycott of the state of Sout...

Our Health Matters: The Struggle to End HIV Continues

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 07.11.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

Violence is not the only thing wreaking havoc on our communities, and if we are not careful we could lose a generation to a preventable disease -- HIV.