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The Invisible Backbone Leaders of Transforming Social Change

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jo Ann Robinson and other unsung heroines of the civil rights movement remain role models for the tireless indispensable behind-the-scenes leaders whose strength and determination we desperately need right now.

People Are Asking: Give Us a Hero

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Malcolm Boyd

We need heroes to inspire us, provide us examples, challenge us by their new ideas and maybe even vision.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

Why It Matters Who Ellen Page Loves

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

If people like Ellen DeGeneres and Ellen Page remain silent about their sexuality, then how do young lesbians ever come to see themselves as normal?

When Money And History Collide: The Ongoing Feud Over Civil Rights Legacies

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 02.16.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painf...

Happy 101st Birthday, Rosa Parks!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

Today, we honor and celebrate Rosa Parks on what would have been her 101st birthday. "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I w...

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

On Dr. King's Struggles and Sources of Strength

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Based on the strength he drew from the voice he heard, King gathered himself to continue the fight for justice and equality.

History Repeating: Don't Censor What I Wear, Let Me Be

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.27.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

How are we supposed to have an identity if we all have to dress and act like what our school decides is appropriate?

For Rosa Parks, December 5, 1955

Janus Adams | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Here, on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked by Rosa Parks keeping her historic seat, I'd like to tell you a story. Think of it as a relay race. As the baton is passed runner-to-runner, year-after-year, think of the goal line as justice.

The GOP Bumbles Again on Race -- This Time It's Rosa Parks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Republican National Committee can't help itself. No matter how many times and in how many ways it's amply shown that it can't get it right on race, it still keeps bumbling along.

GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for "her r...

Staying on the Bus

David Blistein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

One unsettling thing about aging is the subtle fear that the bus has left you behind. Or that you're lugging around so much baggage you won't be able to get back on at the next stop. That instead of heading towards the light -- transcendent or otherwise -- your so-called "golden years" are in the rear-view mirror.

Attorney Who Represented Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Dies

AP | BOB JOHNSON | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Demetrius Newton, a civil rights attorney who represented icons like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. before becoming the fir...

America, It's Time for a NEW Dream

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

We must understand, once again who we are: Manifest Destiny. America the great. America the possible, America, the dream!

The Other Half Had a Dream Too

Martha Burk | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Let's hope that the 50th anniversary celebration of one of the world's most important peaceful revolutions includes its daughters equally with its sons.

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

10 Most Fearless Women I've Met

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 09.07.2013 | Women
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Fearlessness is a quality of spirit that enables you to walk an uncharted path and push forward, no matter what obstacles you face. I'm quite grateful to have met extraordinary women from a range of fields who have worked fearlessly for freedom and equality.

Let Freedom Ring

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Our freedom is sacred and worth defending. July 4th is a day to celebrate this gift and remember all who have fought and died for it.  As we watch fireworks light up the sky, with hands over our hearts, to our servicemen and women we stand in awe.

100 Years Later, Legacy Endures for Suffragists

David Orr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legions of women who led the fight, many of whom were considered extreme radicals at the time. Most suffragists first fought on behalf of other causes.

10 Real World Princesses Who Don't Need Disney Glitter

David Trumble | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
David Trumble

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The Gay Rosa Parks And Me

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

Edie Windsor's refusal to pay a tax from which a straight person would have been exempt seems stirringly similar to Rosa Parks' refusal to get out of a seat in which a white person would have been able to stay. When I'm a very old gay man, I'll be able to look back and say, "It all started with Edie, and I was there."

The General Congress of Women: Let's Rock the World

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

The time is here for women to join with men in claiming our voices. The foundation has been laid to join and lead together. This opportunity was crafted by those who came before us; generations of men and women who have lived their lives so we can live ours.

Using Your Power as a Consumer

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Give thought to how the decision you make with your money could be the impetus to change that can have perhaps a much longer lasting impact.