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Inside the Civil Rights Movement: a Conversation With Julian Bond

Eric Mann | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Mann

Julian put forth every sentence so succinctly and carefully formulated, generous and ironic with a profound sense of history. I was struck by what a fierce warrior he was and how every story was one of struggle and confrontation with the forces of evil and the commitment to fight to win.

Boston's Forgotten Role in the Women's Movement

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Irene Monroe

Dore documents the hilarity, excitement and outright boldness (along with the scandalous moments) of the Movement. If you thought for one moment these women lacked chutzpah, Dore quickly disabuses you of the notion.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

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.

Ella Baker, Ferguson, and 'Black Mothers' Sons'

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

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.

What Collateral Damage Could the Cosby Quagmire Inflict on the African-American Community?

Chandra Thomas Whitfield | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Chandra Thomas Whitfield

While many of us have celebrated and enjoyed Cosby's talents, he is one man who in no way represents an entire race of people. We all must do our part to ensure that no matter how this situation ultimately unfolds, that it does not end up casting an unwarranted negative shadow on an entire community.

The History of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the F.B.I.

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I bet if you made these sorts of statements to the average American-on-the-street in 1964, they would have wholeheartedly agreed. Because the public simply had no idea of what was going on, back then. Those of us who know our history, however, just don't have that excuse today.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

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.

Ella Baker and the Limits of Charismatic Masculinity

Pascal Robert | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

Often in America, when discussing prominent black trailblazers who fought the injustices of segregation and racial oppression, we see the same images of a variety of men. I somewhat jokingly call them our superhero black male icons.

Former Head Of MLK Group Returns As C.E.O.

AP | ERRIN HAINES | Posted 06.29.2012 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is bringing back one of its past presidents to serve as the civil rights organization's chief ...

Remembering Fred Shuttlesworth: The Most Courageous Man in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.20.2012 | Black Voices
Marian Wright Edelman

“That Fred Shuttlesworth did not become a martyr was not for lack of trying… There was not a person in the civil rights movement who put ...

Why Dr. King Would Have Championed Universal Broadband Adoption

David Honig | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
David Honig

As the nation prepares to dedicate Dr. Martin Luther King's National Memorial, let's give ourselves this thought experiment: "What would Dr. King be doing today if he were armed with the social media and telecommunications technology we take for granted?"

NAACP Holds First-Ever Town Hall on LGBT Issues at LA Convention Center

Karen Ocamb | Posted 09.21.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

The California chapter of the NAACP under President Alice Huffman has been a steadfast and courageous supporter of marriage equality since 2004. But ...

Bernice King Leaving Eddie Long's Atlanta Megachurch

AP | ERRIN HAINES | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion

ATLANTA — The youngest daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. says she is leaving an Atlanta megachurch where the pastor has bee...

Black Civil Rights Groups Are On The Wrong Side Of LGBT Issues

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

Key African-American organizations and institutions of the Movement have lost the moral high ground that was once so easily associated with them.

King's Daughter Leads Crowd In Prayer For Civil Rights Unity

AP | ERRIN HAINES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter is calling for the fractured membership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to ...

Will Rev. Bernice King's Bully Pulpit at SCLC Bash Gays?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's religious rhetoric against LGBTQ citizens chokes progress, hinders equality, and allows religion-based bigotry to flourish.

Mormon Church on Prop 8: We Oppose Civil Rights (But Don't Tell)

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

On Daily Kos yesterday, Dante Atkins provided a smoking gun memo showing that the Mormon Church has planned for more than a decade to hide behind others in its attempt to suppress civil rights.

When Bad PR Happens to Good People, or, Jeffrey Birnbaum's Revenge

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Klein

Washington Post columnist Jeffrey Birnbaum has his panties in a twist again about the practice of public policy advocates employing professional writers to help them draft newspaper op-eds.