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A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Free The Slaves

January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Modern-Day Underground Railroad Saves Hundreds of Children

HooplaHa | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
HooplaHa

Operation Underground Railroad is an organization that rescues stolen children from slavery. As modern-day abolitionists, Tim Ballard and Dutch, bot...

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the FBI. In 2013, nearly 5,000 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Please Stop the Killing

justin adkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Writing inmates is an important task for us in the "free world." In the vein of Martin Luther King's letter crying "Why We Cant Wait," Comrade Malik writes us about current conditions in Texas prisons and specifically with the Houston Police Department and why we can't wait as prisoners are dying.

Davos Awakenings

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
Sharan Burrow

There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia. The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.

Foner's Underground Railroad on Time for African American History Month

Jonah Raskin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jonah Raskin

Over the past half century, Foner has carved out a significant place for himself in the field of history by writing history from the bottom up, by tracing over-arching themes, such as freedom, and by recognizing that all history is contemporary history.

Let's Confine Slavery to the History Books

Monique Villa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

I am convinced that big corporations are the key players in the fight against slavery. Today, if you compare state GDP to net profits, global corporations are bigger and more powerful than many nation states. They certainly have the ability to implement changes in their production chains very quickly if needed.

A Letter from Lupita: Why Shockoe Bottom Deserves - and Demands - Protection

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

How do you treat the land on which men, women and children were bought, sold, and tortured? By building a major league ballpark upon it, which is exactly what Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing in his "Revitalize RVA" plan.

French Street Artist Pays Tribute To The Fierce Female Fighters Of The 19th Century

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

According to historical accounts of the First Franco-Dahomean War, in the 1890s it was the highly trained military women who were chopping off the hea...

Human Trafficking Is Still Globe's Fastest-Growing Crime Despite Increased Awareness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Federal officials may be paying closer attention to the dangers of human trafficking, but the crime remains an ever-growing illegal activity around th...

America's Racial Issues and the 'Dance With Dragons'

John A. Tures | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As America wrestles with lingering issues of race, it's also anticipating a new HBO season of Game of Thrones. Surprisingly, the two are intertwined, as the television version of George R. R. Martin's latest book has something to say about the issues the United States must confront.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

Will Pope Francis Put His Institution Where His Values Are?

David Morris | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
David Morris

When he personally delivers his message on January 1st, I trust the Pope will point out that there is no other institution more capable of generating a "mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself" than the one he himself leads.

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

I'm Tired of Talking About Racism and a Judge's Bid to Abolish the Grand Jury

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 12.12.2014 | Crime
Tanya Young Williams

The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases force us to have the tough talks about race, profiling, police use of deadly force, judicial abuse of power and potential changes to our grand jury systems.

'Last One in the Water Is the Mayor!'

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

We've come a long way. We have a long way to go. When we talk about history, let's not forget to include current events. Let's not forget that we are the history of the future. That's how we gather important intelligence. Just ask Mayor Edna Branch Jackson.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

What You Never Knew About Ronald Reagan National Airport: Abingdon Plantation, an Extraordinary Resource for American History

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 12.08.2014 | DC
Thomas A. Foster

The next time that you're in Washington, DC, stop by the remains of Abingdon Plantation and reflect on how it symbolizes our nation's history.

Revisiting the Fabric of American Empire

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Alex Cacioppo

From the very beginning, the fabric of this country was woven with the threads of fear and division. In creating "a more perfect Union," as the preamble reads, we Americans still have a long way to go. The end of the path is not yet in sight.

365 Days to Globalize the Spirit of the 13th Amendment

Robert J. Benz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Passing the 13th Amendment helped to reconcile inconsistencies that were forged into our founding documents about: who we are as a nation, who we are as a people and how we wished to define ourselves as individuals.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.