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Christianity Can Be Found In Dr. King's Example

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Randy Miller

Lost in the awe of Dr. King's greatness is the fact that he was a minister of Jesus Christ and that his life that he dedicated to service was his ministry according to the call upon his life.

Roland Burris: Lack Of African Americans In Senate Is 'Troubling'

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet on November 18, 2010 12:41 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In his farewell speech, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), the only African American in the Senate, said it was "troubling" that when he leaves at the end o...

William Alden

Black Americans Especially Vulnerable To Spending Cuts, Study Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Whenever governments cut spending, the pain is uneven. But African Americans are especially vulnerable, as a disproportionately high number rely on g...

MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

As we remember the courage and hope of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must not forget that he spoke out and worked against the injustices of our nation, particularly those of racism, materialism and militarism.

Dr. King's Dinner Conversations

Carl Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Carl Lewis

To honor the memory of Martin Luther King, we need to stress the importance of community service. The idea of America's Sunday Supper is to initiate conversation focused on pressing social issues we face.

Huck Finn's N-Word: Preserving Artistic Integrity or Ethnic Property Rights?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

As Americans we have a hard time talking about race in this country when the n-word is not involved. And when this epithet is, predictably, we behave schizophrenically.

The Dark Side of WikiLeaks

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

Unless you're plugged into international news organizations, you wouldn't know that many of the WikiLeaks cables delve into African issues. The responsible mouthpieces have been silent.

Harriet Wilson's Sunday School

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 05.31.2012 | Books
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The author of the first novel published by a black woman in the U.S. was also a leader of the Spiritualist movement that sought guidance from the dead.

Arizona Is America

Kevin Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

I say this because Arizona is not the problem. We the people are the problem. That is, we Americans who think it is cool to engage in rhetoric, poli...

Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday: Is the Drug War the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anthony Papa

In the spirit of Dr. King, we must now ask: Has this assault on the poor and the marginalized become the next big civil rights struggle?

Tavis Smiley's 'America's Next Chapter' Promises Diverse Voices, Opinions

Judy Lubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Judy Lubin

The lack of diversity in the media has long been a source of frustration for media watchers. Turn on network or cable television and its clear that th...

Will Mobile Supply Meet Minority Mobile Demand in 2011?

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

With all the challenges minorities face in this country with broadband adoption, we still outpace other demographics when it comes to adoption in the ...

White Privilege and Illicit Drugs

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

The vast majority of drug users are white. This fact has been true for the entire "war on drugs." Many whites live in majority white states. Most whit...

Should Kwanzaa Stay in Black Neighborhoods?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

If Kwanzaa goes corporate, can it still maintain its unique character and not lose its soul? Overwhelmingly, most African Americans say no.

How Credit Scores Disproportionately Hurt Communities of Color

Preeti Vissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Credit scores contributed to the disproportionate effect the foreclosure crisis had on minorities. What's more, they also have the potential to pound communities of color even further.

Protecting the Digital Elite Keeps Americans Offline

David Honig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Honig

For months, during the ongoing net neutrality debate, the positions of the national civil rights organizations have been largely distorted.

Education Civil Rights Complaints On The Rise

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

African American boys who are suspended at double and triple the rates of their white male peers. English language learners who, for years, remain in ...

Conference of National Black Churches Slams Congress' Tax Cut Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The newly launched Conference of National Black Churches criticized Congress on Thursday (Dec...

Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Rangel is among an uncomfortably long list of Black lawmakers being probed by the House Ethics Committee, and many wonder out loud about the motivations.

Ntozake Shange's Rainbow

Cheryl Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cheryl Wills

Ntozake Shange foresaw the "Leisa Jones" of the world more than thirty years ago, which is why so many of us consider the author's work a sort of Holy Grail.

The Dangers of Anti-Gay Propaganda: A Personal Story

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

These statements, talking points, and "studies" about the lgbt community put out by groups like the Family Research Council are lies and nothing more.

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Irene Monroe

To date, more than 230, 000 African Americans have died of AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 22 African Americans will be...

Black Men's Marriages

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

An in-depth look at how some Black men see their marriages. Research on marriage trends, and the reasons behind them, tends to focus on the decline i...

Is Black Political Power Under Siege?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Black political power and influence appears somehow strafed and in serious condition since the midterm elections. Even President Barack Obama is not immune as he fends off assaults from both left and right.

Activism as Art: Shotgun Shacks Saved Through Art-Based Revitalization

Gregory Sholette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gregory Sholette

A decade before toxic mortgages led to the worst housing crisis in history, artist Rick Lowe was addressing the issue of affordable housing through art. I met up with Rick to discuss art's role in community activism.