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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."

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

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.13.2017 | 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.

She-roes From A to Z

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As February is Black History Month, I am highlighting African-American women who have made significant contributions to the economy and culture of the United States.

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. And yesterday, while we were savoring this good news, the White House announced that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schewerner would be posthumous recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Andrew Young's Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

After I was arrested with about 90 other Black college students during my senior year at Spelman College in March 1960 for helping organize and participating in student sit-ins at Atlanta's racially segregated restaurants, I wrote in my diary when I returned to Spelman's campus: "SOMETHING WORTH LIVING AND DYING FOR!"

We, the People

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifty years later it's time for another movement to demand a fairer and more just Mississippi and America and end the violence of poverty and illiteracy. Repeat after me: We, the people.

John Lewis to Young Leaders: Get in 'Necessary Trouble'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Not every speaker tells a crowd of young leaders that their job is to get into trouble. But that's part of the message iconic civil rights warrior and now Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) conveyed to students this week.

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

During this last week of Women’s History Month, I wanted you to learn about Ella Baker, a transforming but too-little-known woman and overpowering justice warrior for my generation of civil rights activists.

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medgar Evers would be pleased to know that all public schools are technically available to all children, but he would be dismayed to learn that even so, many black children are still getting a separate, unequal, and failing education. We must not let all he lived and died for recede on our watch.

"Whom Shall I Fear?" The Incomparable Testimony Of Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Congressman John Lewis is the last living leader of the civil rights movement. I spoke with him about his new book and the role that faith, nonviolence and reconciliation played in the civil rights movement.

My White Mom's Black History Moment II

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dedrick Muhammad

For these final days of Black History Month, Mom talks about the repercussions she experienced for challenging the norms of white society and going to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in the mid 1960s.

50 Years Ago Today, The Start Of Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

On February 1, 50 years ago, four African American freshman at North Carolina AT&T sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth's and ordered a coffee, NP...