There is far more to Dean Smith's legacy than 879 basketball victories, an Olympic gold medal victory in 1976, two Division I National Championships and an astonishing 11 Final Four appearances. There is the far-from-simple virtue of a life well lived.
For the state of Alabama, or any other state, to deny gay couples the equal protection of its laws simply because they're gay is not only wrong and immoral, it's arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.
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.
The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.
A federal court ruled that marriage should be starting now in Alabama, but late Sunday night, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore ordered state judges to disobey that federal ruling and block marriages. Now Moore has created a constitutional crisis.
The year was 1972 and we were part of a grand experiment - a test that I was about to miserably fail. Eddie was black and I was white. Washington Shores was his school. Mine was back across town - Shenandoah Elementary in the mostly white Conway neighborhood of south Orlando.
Rosa Parks' solitary act of defiance helped launch a city-wide Montgomery Bus Boycott that would last for 13 months and alter American history.
Though I support students, teachers, and leaders of charter schools through my work at the University of Arkansas, I won't support charters and disagree with the President's calls for charter expansion for three central reasons.
Given that New York has the most segregated schools in America, according to the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, these studies should be the basis for a regional commitment to addressing these inequities.
The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.
The child who has at least one stable, adult relationship experiences a greater measure of success than a child who grows up alone in a well-intentioned government supported system of care.
Femi Redwood of Milton, Delaware, grew up in an environment that was accepting of both her sexuality and her race, despite the fact that she was one of the few minorities in town. This only made her more observant later in life as she encountered less-accepting people and communities.
Wallace made his choice, and these days people in Alabama for the most part want to forget George C. Wallace.
It is one thing to profess the values that all people are equal and that we celebrate diversity, but how many people of a different race do you have over for dinner? Do you live in your home what you say you believe?
So here we are, approaching Christmas 2014. Racism still taints the American dream. And unlike, say, in 1964 when there was a sense of a movement on the march with history on its side, it is hard to summon up optimism.
Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.