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Selma

Petition Calls On Alabama To Rename Historic Selma Bridge

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

Saturday marks 50 years since "Bloody Sunday" -- the day peaceful demonstrators campaigning for civil rights were attacked by Alabama state troopers -...

Selma: Commemoration and Commitment

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

I will be among the thousands of people traveling to Selma to commemorate the sacrifices of 50 years ago and to recommit to the struggle for equal rights today. For it would be a grave mistake to believe that the struggle is over.

Selma to Montgomery: But What About SNCC?

Junius Williams | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

History will credit SNCC, SCLC, CORE, NAACP and many local organizations throughout the South in many campaigns, to get the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. SNCC in Montgomery was a training ground in discipline, survival and how to channel anger into winning strategies through organization and confrontation.

Why George W. Bush Should Not March in Selma

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

As we get ready to commemorate Dr. King and so many others who marched to Selma, I would argue that George W. Bush has forfeited the right to march. He does not get to partake in such a solemn and sacred time in our history that moved us forward as a nation when all he did was set us back.

The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot raise awareness about the heroines and heroes of history, and then turn around and be cowards 50 years later. This Congress must deal with overt moves among states to obstruct people's right to vote, and they must restore federal protections of voting rights.

102 Years Ago, Alice Paul Led Another Voting Rights March That Led to Women's Suffrage

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Paul's critics called her a fanatic. Her loyal followers considered her a self-sacrificing heroine who inspired women to take risks for the cause. She was a charismatic figure who not only had incredible leadership skills, but also was a gifted administrator, a rare combination.

Why We Still Need a Selma

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Fifty years after the bloody Selma march shocked Johnson and the nation into taking fast track action to right a glaring historic wrong, namely the denial of the right to vote to millions in America, that right is still under intense assault. This is why we still need a Selma today.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

Academy Award Winners You Didn't Know Were From Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State.

February Is Historical Accuracy Month

Robert Raben | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Raben

Soon February will do double duty as Black History and Historical Accuracy Month. The snow brings with it flurries of concern about Brian Williams, American Sniper, and whether Selma got it right or wrong about President Lyndon Johnson.

Jennifer Bendery

As Selma Anniversary Nears, Here Are The Lawmakers Actually Trying To Strengthen Voting Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been almost 50 years since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, and Congress is ready to celebrate the people who m...

From Selma to Ferguson: Keep Hope Alive!

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!

How Selma And Women's Inequality Got Tangled At The Oscars

Kathy Gill | Posted 02.26.2015 | Women
Kathy Gill

It didn't hurt Sunday night's ratings to have only one angry white woman of a certain age refuse to turn that dial (so to speak). We won't get Hollywood's attention -- or any other institution of power -- until all of us are angry.

John Legend is Right, and the Others Are Wrong!

Richard Fowler | Posted 02.26.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

Why is it that these artists' statements don't receive validity? Isn't John Legend an American? Aren't his feelings and political views valid?

Building Bridges: From 'Selma' to the Dinner Table

Fay Johnson | Posted 02.24.2015 | San Francisco
Fay Johnson

Though our country has progressed in institutionalizing particular laws and rights surrounding the issue of race discrimination, there is still much work to be done. The culture that we create now has the ability to influence both the government and perhaps even more immediately relevant, the lives of those around us.

Sasha Bronner

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Icon: 'Thank God I Learned That Color Makes No Difference'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices

Amelia Boynton Robinson was nearly beaten to death in 1965 during the first march in Selma, Alabama, led by Martin Luther King Jr. She was 53 years ol...

A Thank You Letter to Ava DuVernay

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Ola Ojewumi

She is unapologetic in her work, which shows that one's brilliance cannot be measured in Oscars and accolades, but in the impact you have on society.

Feb.1 -- Finnish Indie-Virtuosos Award -- Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, David Oyelowo -- Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sally Fay | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

On Sunday, February 1st, I was in "the first audience to see" the World Premiere of an independent film from Finland called "Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl...

Oscars 2015: Like It or Not, Movies Are Defining Our Culture

Kim Keating | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

The Academy Awards were created to recognize cinematic achievements in film. However, when the voters are primarily white men, it is not surprising that people of color are not given the recognition they deserve.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

What the Hollywood Reporter's 'Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot' Teaches us About Entertainment's Great Art Debate

Julian Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

What shapes our concept of art is personal experience. What expands our concept of art is exploration, adventure and curiosity -- stepping outside of our comfort zone to see and feel more.

The Book of Negroes: An American Story/History Still Matters!

Françoise N. Hamlin | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Françoise N. Hamlin

For those of us who research, write, and teach about the past for a living -- and for many others paying close attention -- the lack of attention given to The Book of Negroes tells a story as rich and troubling as the film itself.

Negotiating Past and Present With the Film Selma

Sheril Antonio | Posted 02.19.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are given an important new perspective on the moments leading up to the fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. This is precisely why the arts remain so vital, because of the way artists sort things out for us, each in their own unique way.

The Importance and Power of Unity With Black Lives From the African Diaspora

Nunu Kidane | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Nunu Kidane

Names like David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor may be difficult to pronounce for the average American but their faces have become as familiar as any well-known Hollywood actor.

Hollywood In Black and White

Joe Morton | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Morton

This year, many people are upset that Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, was snubbed, calling it racism... but the film itself was nominated. Is it racist to nominate the film but not the director? The bigger question is, does racism play a part in determining who gets nominated and who doesn't?