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Civil Rights Movement

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 10.23.2014 | Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

History should not be rewritten or reinterpreted because of an ideological agenda. We want young people to learn the truth about our history. We learn from our history and it can guide us to do more and to do better.

The American Public's Attitudes Toward Protest Movements

Paul Herrnson | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Groups across the political spectrum have used rallies, marches, and picket lines to bring their agendas to the attention of the media, government and fellow citizens. But public attitudes about this form of political engagement have historically been mixed at best.

Football and Race in Mississippi

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

If white Mississippians can identify with, embrace and cheer deliriously for teams that are 82 percent (Mississippi State) and 75 percent (Ole Miss) black, is it too much to hope that they might bring themselves to at least stop hating and show a modicum of respect to a president who is 50 percent black?

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

From Righteous Indignation to Collective Mobilization: This Can Be Our 'Ferguson Fall'

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Let us look back at that transformative, defining moment of the historic Mississippi Summer to guide us toward a better future. Let there be a "Ferguson Fall," where we put a plan in place to ensure that every eligible person is registered to vote and educated on the importance of doing so.

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

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

Net Neutrality, Civil Rights, and Big Telecom Dollars

James Rucker | Posted 09.10.2014 | Black Voices
James Rucker

While this dynamic is understood by those working in the beltway, people outside of Washington remain largely unaware of the relationship between civil rights organizations and the interests of telecom industry players.

Reunion: UCONN Sorority Premise Preceded Civil Rights Act

Melinda J. Rising | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Melinda J. Rising

On the weekend of July 26, 2014, more than 90 sisters of Delta Pi Sorority convened at the University of Connecticut to celebrate a 50-year milestone. This was no ordinary reunion and this was no ordinary sorority.

Lawyer: Rosa Parks Artifacts Sold For $4.5M

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 08.31.2014 | Black Voices

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million. The sale was m...

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

"I Question America" -- Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Famous Speech 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To understand both the progress America has made, and the many challenges it now faces, in terms of racial justice, it is useful to remind ourselves of the battle that occurred a half century ago and the life of Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer.

Florida, Ferguson, and a New Civil Rights Movement

Vincent Intondi | Posted 10.18.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown will not simply be footnotes in history. They will be the names we look back on as those who united a new generation to sacrifice, endure, and fight for justice and equality and create a new 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.

History and Ferguson, Missouri

Dan Rather | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Dan Rather

As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, MO this week, I couldn't help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement.

Ferguson's Lessons for the Fall Semester

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.17.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?

Ferguson And Civil Rights-Era Photos Look Way Too Similar

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices

A young black man in sunglasses holds a sign with bold print in full view of the camera: "I AM A MAN." The word "am" is underlined. He's not just ...

Remember the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars

Christopher Lamb | Posted 10.12.2014 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

In 2002, several members of the Cannon Street all-stars returned to Williamsport and were presented with a banner proclaiming them the 1955 State Champions of South Carolina.

Insights From a Month in Mississippi

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Stephen R. Haynes

In Mississippi ,at least, the civil rights movement was not primarily about desegregating schools or removing separate waiting rooms, water fountains and other symbols of racial apartheid. Its fundamental thrust was registering and organizing voters to dismantle a system of white supremacy upheld by state-sponsored terrorism.

George Ossei: On African Americans and the Civil Rights Movement in Rhode Island

George Ossei | Posted 09.30.2014 | College
George Ossei

In the late 1700s there were about 427 free black men and 48 slaves living in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. By 1825, Providence had 1,414 free black men and four slaves.