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How A White Author Wrote About A Slave's Experience

OWN | Posted 04.14.2014 | OWN

In The Invention of Wings, the latest selection of Oprah's Book Club 2.0, author Sue Monk Kidd enters the minds of characters from different time peri...

Immigration, Resurrection, and the Battle for the American Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

In the days before Easter Sunday, we think of the immigrants whose dreams are being deferred. We think of the gains and losses suffered by faith communities that have fought this fight for generations.

What Kind of Slave Would You Have Been?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

For most Americans, 12 Years provided a glimpse into the humanity that inflicted and endured the institution of slavery. For many blacks, however, the experience was a sort of out-of-body, first-person experience.

Passover: Festival of Freedom

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Over 90 percent of the Jews of North America, regardless of their religious views or practices, regardless of their affiliation with the larger Jewish community, make a point to sit down on the first night of Pesah to observe a Seder.

The Man Known as Sugar Meat

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is quoted as saying "Without an education, a people will perish." From the moment "The Great...

Democratic Candidate Calls Big Campaign Finance Ruling The Worst Since Dred Scott

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Democrat Rick Weiland, who is running for Senate in South Dakota, had a dramatic reaction to the Supreme Court's Wednesday ruling striking down aggreg...

An Urgent Letter to Australian Billionaire Andrew Forrest

Robert J. Benz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

A proposal to eradicate slavery by the year 2100 is one that makes more sense. It gives time to institutionalize solutions and allows them to germinate organically.

Freedom From Religion

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Did we escape Pharaoh's Egypt just to exchange one controlling master for another?

Noah's No Hero

Edward J. Blum | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Edward J. Blum

Noah's curse has a variety of names. Sometimes it is called the Curse of Ham. Sometimes it is referred to as the Curse of Canaan. By any name, the implications have been great.

The Criminality of Blackness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I could see clearly: These strong, playful, intelligent and hilarious men would have to go back out into the world and play the roles they had adopted... to be seen, but not seen... to be safe in a world that fears them.

Freeing Humanity

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Neal Barnard, M.D.

Human aggression did not vanish from the face of earth in 1945, any more than it did in 1865. We have not reined in human nature. All we have managed to do is to peel out of its clutches many of its victims.

Why America Refuses to Face Up to Its Slave Past

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life.

Bridging the Gap

Monique Villa | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

There are very few moments in the history of a nation that manage to bring together people from all paths of life to demand radical change. The 2012 Delhi gang rape is certainly one.

When You Believe in Something Enough, Drop Everything and GO FOR IT!

Rich Polt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Gloria left her full time marketing job in August of last year to become a Digital Activist Fellow with the Polaris Project, an organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Behind the Scenes: #StandWithMe Against Child Slavery

Stephanie Be | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Stephanie Be

The photo that inspired a little girl to free child slaves. Photo by Lisa Kristine. "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the...

My Final Thoughts on '12 Years a Slave'

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

When I saw 12 Years a Slave, I found myself squirming in my seat. I was seated between two white men, one my friend and the other a stranger. Now that all the Oscar fanfare is over, I'd like to call attention to Lupita Nyong'o.

12 Years A Slave Got You Thinking? Now Boycott Chocolate Harvested By Child Slaves

Lennard Davis | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Lennard Davis

While it is difficult to know which chocolate is produced by the slave system, one thing is clear: If you buy organic Fair Trade products, you will most probably be boycotting slave chocolate. Anything from Latin America and South America should also be slavery-free.

12 Years a Slave and the Distorted Ending

Antonio Moore | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

12 Years a Slave winning the Best Picture Oscar is a major moment in cinema, but we must view this film understanding the necessity of not allowing it to be the definitive story of our history.

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.28.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

Last Country To Abolish Slavery Adopts Roadmap To End Practice

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact

The United Nations envoy on modern-day slavery said on Thursday Mauritania had agreed to adopt a roadmap for eradicating the trade, which campaigners ...

Sojourner's Truth

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.

'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It's More Than Back Wages)

Greg Grandin | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Greg Grandin

How would we calculate the value of what we today would call the intellectual property -- in medicine and other fields -- generated by slavery's suffering? I'm not sure. But a revival of efforts to do so would be a step toward reckoning with slavery's true legacy: our modern world.

The Disposability of Boys

Cameron Conaway | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

The UN's recent reports on the treatment of children in Syria and in the Roman Catholic Church revealed some of the despicable acts committed again...

State Mulls Finally Repealing Pro-Slavery Amendment

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

By Alice Popovici Feb 20 (Reuters) - More than 150 years after Maryland adopted a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution barring ...