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Colin Kaepernick And The God Of The Oppressed

Chris Fici | Posted 12.01.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

The great Jewish rabbi and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel said of his time marching with civil rights warriors and prophets in Selma that "I learne...

This Is What Happens When The White House Brings Tech And Creativity Together

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.30.2016 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, big news: the White House is hosting a South by South Lawn (SXSL) event on Monday, October 3rd. This is about civic engagement and accessibility, which is more important than ever. The deal is, the Craig Newmark Foundation is a partner in the SXSL event on the White House lawn.

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

Native Rights Rising: Standing Tall At Standing Rock

Tom Weis | Posted 09.13.2016 | Green
Tom Weis

Just as the conscience of America was jolted awake by the shocking images of peaceful civil rights defenders being violently set upon in the '60s, so is it being aroused today by the horrifying sight of peaceful native rights defenders being brutalized.

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Another Oscar Contender Trips Over Its Own Tale

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 11.25.2016 | Entertainment
Bill Lichtenstein

Another major contender for an Oscar trips on the way to the awards over allegations that the roles and words of real people were mangled by the filmm...

Minneapolis: The New Selma for Black Lives Matter

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Ronda Lee

Is Black Lives Matter destined to go the way of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Million Man March movements -- a footnote in history? A recent poll showed voters are skeptical of Black Lives Matter and its policies.

"Zola" and the Benefits of Social Media Storytelling

Inverse | Posted 11.04.2016 | Entertainment

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Winston Cook-Wilson Over the past couple of days -- as you probably already know -- the near-150-e...

The Torah On the March From Selma

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.18.2016 | 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.

She Held Us All: A Tribute to Amelia Boynton-Robinson (1911-2015)

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.27.2016 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Truthfully, as she crossed that bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, and as she endured being beaten mercilessly by state troopers and pumped with tear gas at point blank range, she held us all in her arms. She courageously carried us towards freedom.

5 Things My Trip to Selma Taught Me About Leadership

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.06.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Following in the footsteps of the civil rights leaders who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, we are left with the challenge to discover our own leadership mission and cultivate the moral courage to advance leadership for social justice.

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

Can Anything Good Come From Charleston? Ferguson? Nazareth?

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There is a theology of geography. There is a connection between space and fate. There is something unspoken that connects destiny with places, places with people. Towns and cities do not surface with notoriety. Situations or quite often the deeds of people precipitate such famous or infamous states.

John Lewis Shows Comic-Con What A Real-Life Superhero Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) visited Comic-Con this weekend, where he showed attendees what a real-life superhero looks like. Lewis attended the San Die...

This Is Our Selma

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

It's a sad and shameful truth that 50 years after the bloodshed in Selma -- 50 years after our prized Voting Rights Act -- African Americans have fewer, not more, voting protections today. This is a moral struggle. Once again, we must put on our marching shoes.

Symbols of Hatred, Not Heritage

Brandi Hatter | Posted 07.09.2016 | 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.

David Oyelowo: 'I Won't Do Roles That I Deem To Be Stereotypical'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices

After playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oscar-nominated film “Selma,” actor David Oyelowo wants all casting directors to know one thing: ...

How Putting One Foot in Front of the Other Is Saving the African-American Community

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2016 | Impact

Through long conversations with her friend and eventual GirlTrek co-founder Vanessa Garrison, Dixon discovered that both she and Garrison had an unfulfilled sense of purpose. Specifically, they both wanted to give back to female African-American community.

A Lesson Implemented

Randy Miller | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Randy Miller

Something amazing happened on Friday at my school... my students exercised their right to conduct a peaceful protest. They organized their strategy within a week; attributing leadership credit to one they called "Ms. Kelly."

Selma Red Carpet Interviews with Director Eva DuVernay & Star David Oyelowo

Nicholas Snow | Posted 05.11.2016 | Entertainment
Nicholas Snow

Selma opened the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and I was on the red carpet to interview director Eva DuVernay and star David Oyelowo, and capture remarks by PSIFF Executive Director Darryl Macdonald, Director of Programming Helen Du Toit, and last but not least, rapper Common.

Daily Meditation: Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Matthew Jacobs

Ava DuVernay's Success Means She's No Longer A 'Hot Mess' Around Oprah | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment

Ava DuVernay isn't technically a newcomer to Hollywood, but her stature has grown so meteorically in recent months that one might assume she is. Just ...

Maddie Crum

Arts Group Boldly Confronts Segregation In Selma | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts

Earlier this year, a spotlight shined on Selma, Alabama, in remembrance of the civil rights march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was brutally interr...

Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are a long way from justice and this case will have to work its way through the prosecutor, jury selection and trial, but just the contrast of this tragic incident and that of Garner's death and others is remarkable.

Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare are complex and there is no one silver bullet. That's why we will continue to work in every area of our healthcare system to find and eliminate racial and ethnic barriers to good health.