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Civil Rights Movement

'Dangerous Friendship': The Story of Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books
Kristen Houghton

As a scholar of the civil rights movement, Ben Kamin writes about the historically unknown, and unwritten, Jewish aspect of that period through the person of Stanley Levison.

Course Correction Needed for Democrats in the 2014 Mid-Terms

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The Democratic Party mid-term election response to Chief Justice Roberts' decision should not be to try to match dollar for dollar Republican Super PAC money, but instead to engage in a massive grassroots voter turnout.

The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Hearing President Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise.

The Next 50 Years: Time for Culture Change on Racial Justice

Deepa Iyer | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.

Feminist Stories From Women's Liberation: 1963-1970

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Marcia G. Yerman

Shining a light on the grassroots women who had less media visibility, Jennifer Lee traces the fight for rights that now appear to once again be in danger. She also exposes the fissures within the movement, which continue to play out today.

Obama To Headline Civil Rights Summit In Texas

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lyndon Johnson's presidency has long been viewed in the shadow of the Vietnam War, a conflict that saw American soldiers die in...

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 04.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

The Breaking and Dispossession of America's Black Farmers

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

We need to help black farmers get back their lost land and return to farming. Dispossession" could be the prologue to a revitalized black farming -- and American society.

Civil Rights Protest Song 'We Shall Overcome' Inspires 'We Will Know,' a Hymn for the LGBT Community

Spectra | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Spectra

"I really wanted to contribute to the message and success of the 'It Gets Better' campaign, but couldn't find the words. I'm not a writer. I'm a musician. So it dawned on me in that moment... Music is a language at which I'm adept -- my chosen language of love and protest."

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...

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.

Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father's Legacy in Motion, While "Others" Try to Stop the Train

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Traditional African patterns ornament the ovalescent center while the figure is surrounded at top and bottom with the inherited African motifs of the nation he was born to -- but what is inside Mr. Mitchell is boundless without physical context to distinguish him from any other.

Albert Einstein: A Radical Voice Sorely Missed; He'd Be 135 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.

Ryan J. Reilly

Bobby Jindal Gets A Much-Needed History Lesson

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice's public affairs staffers think Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) could use a history lesson on the civil rights...

For My Teacher

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

On December 29, 2013, I lost one of the greatest teachers I had -- my dad, Michael Greenberg.

Stokely: A Life

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Arlene M. Roberts

The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

Mississippi Burning, Reconsidered

Chris Gerolmo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Chris Gerolmo

In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?

Memoirs and Lessons From Junius Williams, a Giant of the Civil Rights Movement

John Atlas | Posted 02.26.2014 | Books
John Atlas

Thirty one years before U.S. Senator Cory Booker moved to Newark, Junius Williams, another dynamic, African-American Yale Law School graduate moved to the same city, with ambitions much like Booker's.

This Day in History in 1969: Tinker v. Des Moines Case Wins Free Speech Rights for Students

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.

Stop Bullying My Blackness: A Black History Month Wish

Tré Easton | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

I've never really cared for Black History Month. I like to take the Morgan Freeman approach to these particular issues. Black history is American history and American history is black history.

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.

'Unbossed, Unbought' Shirley Chisholm Recognized With Stamp

Susan Smith Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Black Voices
Susan Smith Richardson

Before Jesse Jackson, before Barack Obama, there was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American to run for president of a major political party and the first black woman elected to Congress.

LOOK: Then-And-Now Photos Bring Iconic Black History Moments Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

Every day, we walk in the very places where history was made years ago. Sometimes that location is marked by a plaque or a statue, but other times we ...

Happy 101st Birthday, Rosa Parks!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

Today, we honor and celebrate Rosa Parks on what would have been her 101st birthday. "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I w...