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Vote Early and Often for LA Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I'm home again, for a few minutes at least. Hey, cut me some slack; have you ever heard of snow and ice? It's summer and to fully appreciate the pla...

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."

"We Will Not Be Part of this Unjust, Immoral, and Illegal War": Remembering the Fort Hood Three

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The trio had been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and they had just been informed they were going to Vietnam. They were given a 30-day leave before they had to embark. The G.I.'s convened the press conference to perform a bold act: they intended to refuse their orders to go fight.

Bless You, John!

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Every member of the Democratic caucus and every Republican of integrity should be sitting (in) with Congressman Lewis demanding action on gun control ...

Mississippi Needs Inside Agitators

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Mississippi's current political leaders travel to the beat of a different dumber. Whenever another state does something particularly outrageous that threatens to lead it to claiming the title of worst, Mississippi can be counted on to save it by doing something worse.

An Open Letter to Black Lives Matter

Junius Williams | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

As I survey American political landscape in the context of the current election for President, I cannot but notice the absence of Black Lives Matter from the front lines of this important battle for power.

How Four College Students Started a Revolution

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Even many liberals -- black and white -- thought that they were too radical. But their actions galvanized a new wave of civil rights protest. But this is how people make history.

50 Years Ago, This Man Was Murdered For Being a Voting Rights Activist

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Vernon Dahmer being killed by the Ku Klux Klan. On January 9, 1966, Vernon Dahmer announced on the radio that he would pay the poll tax for anyone who could not afford to register to vote.

Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of a powerful statement of protest against the Vietnam War.

Transforming the Majority Shouldn't be the 'Job' of Minorities, But it Is. Especially for Students.

Maxim Thorne | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Maxim Thorne

What has erupted proves the case of the continued need to build cultural competencies across Yale and indeed across all campuses and communities. We don't have to, don't warrant this. But should we all not embrace that awesome challenge we may forfeit the future that is ours to own and make better.

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.

Activists Remember Julian Bond: He Exemplified The 'Best Of The Black Freedom Struggle'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices

Iconic civil rights activist Julian Bond died on Saturday, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the fight for racial equality and human rights. He was 7...

Julian Bond, Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder -- and Friend

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

America has lost a great leader, and many of us have lost a good friend. For those of us becoming active in the movement -- especially those of us in the South -- Julian Bond was an absolute hero.

You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Kills You: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the Problem of History

Yohuru Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

As residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment.

Selma to Montgomery: But What About SNCC?

Junius Williams | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.

10 Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

There is a "people's history" of Selma that we all can learn from -- one that is needed especially now.

Ella Baker, Ferguson, and 'Black Mothers' Sons'

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This question of citizenship and political representation is as important today as it was then -- yet the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is not even mentioned in many major U.S. history textbooks.

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering a Committed Life

Gary May | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gary May

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King's words and deeds that live on in the American memory -- not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him.

Macy's and Barney's Incidents Should Teach Us: Dollars and Sense

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that make you pull out the receipt on the way out the door, and have the security guard ravage through your purchased goods?

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.