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Selma March

Bless You, John!

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Every member of the Democratic caucus and every Republican of integrity should be sitting (in) with Congressman Lewis demanding action on gun control ...

The Torah On the March From Selma

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Richard C. Harwood

This past Monday, I sat in services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, nervous about my task: to go to the front of the congregation and lift the Torah (Holy Scripture scrolls) above my head after it was read and before it was to be placed back in its Holy Ark, where it is kept.

Symbols of Hatred, Not Heritage

Brandi Hatter | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Brandi Hatter

For Dylan Roof and others who would kill in the name of white supremacy, the Confederate battle flag and monuments honoring KKK leaders are not symbols of heritage or history. They act as inspiration, even justification, for the spread of hate and unthinkable violence.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Reaching the Finish Line

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 05.25.2015 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In our everyday fights to silence the racist chants of misguided college students and stifle overaggressive police who racially profile black children, we must reach the finish line. The next generation should never have to question whether their lives matter.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 05.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.

Memories of Selma - All of Them

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Many Jews fought side-by-side with Blacks during the civil rights movement. In Washington, when Dr. King reminded us that every child should be judged by the content of their character in his "I Have a Dream" speech, it was Rabbi Joachim Prinz who preceded him on the podium.

Christina Wilkie

Steve Scalise Skipped Selma For Posh Conservative Retreat | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As top lawmakers and civil rights leaders gathered in Selma, Alabama, earlier this month to commemorate the civil rights movement, House...

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.

My President, My Preacher

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

On Saturday in Selma, we heard something we had never heard before. Something new had been added to the president's speech. This unlicensed, un-ordained preacher/president spoke words that returned us again to faith in God, faith in America and faith in ourselves.

Sustaining the Momentum III

Martin Marty | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

As memorable as the hours spent supporting Civil Rights on the Bridge, was John's and my walk down Selma's main street. Boarded shops, deserted buildings, devastation of the landscape and cityscape formed the scene -- as it does in so many other cities.

Staying on the March -- Right Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What a terrible irony that in this year of celebration of the Selma marches we are witnessing the resurgence of overt law enforcement brutality and injustice in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City, and elsewhere, reminding us how far we still have to go. The continuing protests against unequal justice under the law by those enjoined to protect all of us and all of our children after the deaths of teenager Michael Brown, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and others are a wake-up call about the deeply embedded systemic racism still alive in America. Each of us has a responsibility to root it out and stop it in its tracks.

Activists Set Out To Retrace Selma-To-Montgomery March

Kim Chandler | Associated Press | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Dozens of marchers set out across Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge Monday with plans to walk to the Alabama Capitol, saying the voting...

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Last Saturday, during the 50th anniversary event of "Bloody Sunday," I spent many hours just looking at that bridge. The words that kept coming to me were "courage" and "resistance." My question became: What bridge we will now have to cross?

From Ferguson to Selma: One Activist's Journey

Amnesty International | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Amnesty International

This weekend in Selma, I marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I marched, and I saw people from every community acknowledging and revering each other with love. I'm not an isolated activist. I'm one of many, one of many.

America's 'Black Body' Reality: How Selma, 'Scandal' & Ferguson Reveal An Ugly Truth

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 03.11.2015 | Black Voices

President Obama’s speech in Selma, Alabama, this past weekend on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was one for the history books. Despite my gen...

Against the Backdrop of Selma, Another Injustice in America: Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

Thousands March On Selma Bridge To Mark 'Bloody Sunday'

Reuters | Tami Chappelle | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices

SELMA, Ala., March 8 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people paraded across a Selma, Alabama bridge on Sunday to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" ...

President Obama, First Family Lead The Way In March Across Selma Bridge

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

President Barack Obama and the First Family led the way across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday as they reenacted the iconic ma...

Igor Bobic

Barack Obama Marks 50th Anniversary Of 'Bloody Sunday' With Powerful Speech In Selma | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama joined nearly 100 members of Congress in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" ...

John Lewis Shares Memories From Selma In This Incredible Series Of Tweets

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

Congressman John Lewis was a young man when he marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 -- and fifty years later,...

Obama Joins Selma Anniversary March

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Americans to carry forward the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement on Saturda...

Remembering The Four People Of Faith Who Died On The Road From Selma

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) They were just four of the thousands of Americans who came to Selma 50 years ago, heeding the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for people...

Comparing Selma To Ferguson: 'Mike Brown Is Our Jimmie Lee Jackson'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices

In 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot while taking refuge from violent state troopers in a restaurant in Selma, Alabama. His death ignited a 50-mile ma...