On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.
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."
Taking down the confederate flag is a constructive and symbolic financial decision for most corporations. Actually ceding power and income to workers, to pay taxes for education for all, to negotiate with workers as equal partners, those acts will be much harder to achieve.
Same-sex persons seeking a license to marry neither historically have been nor currently are subjected to mass, gender-based, state-enforced oppression equivalent to the brutality of chattel slavery or wholesale lynchings carried out solely on the basis of the victim's skin color.
With respect to equal educational opportunities, colleges and universities must play a vital role in ensuring that a college education is accessible and that students understand the strength that lies in settings rich in diversity.
I vehemently believe that Detroit is a place and time where we can come together to design our collective outcomes. It is indeed the opportunity of a generation and it will take everyone, incoming and resident, black and white, young and old to harness it.
Both South Africa and the U.S. must honor the stories of apartheid and slavery told by their people. By acknowledging the wrong and committing to make it right, we help ensure that no race can ever again succeed in elevating itself at the expense of others.
I shall never forget my academic advisor, Mrs. Gladys McKindra Smith. On a July day, in an auditorium that was about 100 degrees, she said, "Mr. Nelms, your scores are sort of low, but if you follow this schedule, you'll be alright."
I wish my students experienced more cultural diversity. I wish my students interacted with peers of different socio-economic status. But that is not the case where communities in our country remain defined by race and class.
Daimler can say loudly to the lawmakers of Alabama that it will not stand for a repetition of history and it will not tolerate discrimination in the workplace. In doing so, the company will show that when it says it supports global, human and workers' rights, it means it.