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Will the South Teach the North About Police Reform?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.13.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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.

Historic Churches From Civil Rights Era Hold Service of Reconciliation

Jack Alvey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Alvey

Much has changed in Selma in 50 years, and the local faith community has taken the lead in trying to bring together a city once defined by its resistance to integration.

Gabriel Arana

Gov. Mike Pence Invokes Selma In Defending Indiana's Anti-LGBT Law | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) went on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning to defend the “religious liberty” bill he recently signed, which critic...

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

Vanguards Jason Moran & The Bandwagon in Philly

Lew Whittington | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Jazz pianist-composer Jason Moran returns to the Kimmel Center for a one night only concert March 29 with The Bandwagon, his trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Reaching the Finish Line

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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.

Slain Civil Rights Activist To Receive Posthumous Degree

AP | Corey Williams | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices

DETROIT (AP) -- For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally s...

Memories of Selma - All of Them

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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.

A New Name for the Selma Bridge Is Long Overdue

Anjali Enjeti | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Anjali Enjeti

Perhaps you've never heard of Edmund Winston Pettus, a Civil War General, U.S. Senator, and in 1877, the Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. But you know his bridge.

My President, My Preacher

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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.

Racial Healing, Scandal and Popular Culture

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

In the past two years, some of our nation's most influential movies and television shows have dealt with racism and bias. This has all been accompanied by a drumbeat crescendo of news and analysis that goes beyond specific incidents to examine the roots of these issues and the trends that reinforce them.

Women in Politics Matter -- Even When They're Not Women's Advocates

Rebecca Sive | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

Gender, like race, also always matters, regardless of political philosophy. Yes, even when the women at the decision-making tables aren't advocates for women's equal rights or opportunity, or for more civil political behavior, today's limiting rationales for the benefits of women's political participation.

Staying on the March -- Right Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.13.2015 | 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...

Black Love Matters in Film Too

Nicole Moore | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Moore

The fear that a love story featuring two Black actors is not engaging, believable or desirable is very real, and one that still defines the mindset of many studio executives, casting agents and producers.

A Recommitment to Praying With Our Legs

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Let the anniversary of Selma inspire all of us to rededicate ourselves to the sacred conversations and actions needed for the pursuit of justice.

So We March On

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

Walking the halls of Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma, Alabama history surrounds you. Each step is a living testament to the miraculous work that happened here 50 years ago.

HRC and U.S. 'Exceptionalism'

Zillah Eisenstein | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Zillah Eisenstein

Where were you, Hillary? Why did you not offer Michael Brown's mother your arm to walk across the bridge together -- as mothers, and as women standing against racist bigotry and murder? Why don't more of us wonder this?

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."

Jennifer Bendery

Selma's Senator Not Really Sure What's Going On With That Voting Rights Stuff | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was just last weekend that people flooded into Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights marches ther...