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Civil Rights Leaders

Growing Up to Be Like Yuri Kochiyama

Deepa Iyer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Yuri Kochiyama's life and legacy is a reminder to Asian Americans and to all those who believe in social justice, of a basic value: To show up whenever and wherever injustice occurs and to engage in acts of resistance and solidarity.

Civil Rights Leaders, Past and Present, Agree: Americans Deserve Better Wages

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Wade Henderson, Esq.

The facts are clear. Raising the wage is a popular idea with bipartisan support that would help to lift working families out of poverty and expand the economy for everyone.

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

Obama Meets With Civil Rights Leaders At White House

AP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leaders say they left a meeting with President Barack Obama convinced that he'll fight for jobs, worker training, a h...

Michelle Obama Salutes Civil Rights Leader

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 10.27.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama called civil rights leader Whitney Young one of the "unsung heroes" who helped make a more fair and just society. T...

Transcending Buchenwald

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Hank Schwab, German Jew turned civil rights activist, died on March 28, 2013. He was 98 years old. He had outlasted Hitler by almost 68 years. Thanks be to God.

When My 8-Year-Old Gay Son Taught His Class About Harvey Milk

Amelia | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Amelia

On this day in a second-grade classroom in the Midwest, Harvey Milk was on the same stage as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as an 8-year-old gay boy who has never seen the need for a closet told Milk's story.

Civil Rights Leader Dies At 86

AP | PHILLIP LUCAS | Posted 02.16.2013 | Black Voices

ATLANTA — Jesse Hill Jr., a civil rights leader and businessman who later became the first black president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, d...

Trymaine Lee

Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates Birthday By Springing American Captives From Gambian Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices

Depending on who's telling it, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is either a civil rights icon and trailblazer or a self-serving opportunist and attention-monger...

Attorney: Judge And Lawyers Conspired To Drain Rosa Parks' Estate

AP | Posted 05.18.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- An attorney claims a judge and two lawyers involved in a long-running dispute over civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks' estate conspired to dra...

Bringing the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement Into 21st Century Classrooms

Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

How do we encourage young people at home and abroad, in South Africa and now those young people heavily invested in the as yet unsettled Arab Spring, to "keep on keepin' on," as the footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement used to pledge?

Black Women Make History Too -- An Interview On Coretta Scott King

Martha Burk | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Before her death in 2006, in preparation for a new biography, Coretta King met many times with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, one of the founding editors of USA Today. I recently interviewed Dr. Reynolds on her time with Mrs. King.

Farewell to Dorothy Height

Zondra Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Generally speaking, when an African American historical figure passes away, my somewhat younger Hispanic male colleague gives me that look, somewhere between clueless and concerned.

Lots of Cooks Prepared the Compton Cookout Racial Insult Stew

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Black and minority California lawmakers are leaping over each other to lambaste the now infamous Compton Cookout at UCSD as racially insulting, insensitive, and demeaning.

Civil Rights Leaders Reflect On Obama, Dr King's March On Washington

ABC News | JENNIFER PARKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Many civil rights leaders and prominent African-American activists who came to Washington, D.C., almost 46 years ago for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Mar...