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Civil Rights Movement

Florida, Ferguson, and a New Civil Rights Movement

Vincent Intondi | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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.

Dr. King's 'Triple Evils' and the Emergence of Freedom Side

Vincent Intondi | Posted 07.16.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. King argued that the "spiritual and moral lag" in modern man was due to what he later referred to as the "triple evils" of society: capitalism, militarism and racism.

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

Dear Gays: UNITE

Justin C. Young | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Justin C. Young

We just made it through another month of Gay Pride and how far have we truly come?

Democracy: No Longer for Sale?

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?

Is This Who We Want Driving Our Democracy?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

With the voices of everyday Americans increasingly being drowned out by the likes of the Koch brothers, fixing our democracy can't wait.

Rep. John Lewis on the 'Unfinished Work' in the Civil Rights Movement

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Keosha Varela

At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, the Congressman and civil rights leader -- who is the last remaining speaker from the 1963 March on Washington -- reflected on his experience protesting during the Jim Crow era and the new graphic novel March, which he co-authored, about the movement.

No, Gay Isn't the New Black

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

Gay rights are important and should be mandated at the utmost degree. However, recognize that they are not, nor ever will have, the same level of struggle or oppression that have plagued this country for hundreds of years.

Young People Changing History: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in the United States

Christy Macy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Christy Macy

In 1964, Mississippi was a place of terror, where local white citizens carried out brutal retaliation against blacks who believed they had the right to be first-class citizens. More than 1,000 people were arrested that summer.

Do We Really Need 'Diversity' Offices?

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

CEOs have abandoned the real work of diversity management by limiting it to a subset of human resources. So what must we do to fulfill the promise of diversity?

The Civilizing Act of 1964

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
American Anthropological Association

Looking back 50 years allows us to consider, "how far we have come," but also how "retroactive" some sectors of US society have become in recent times.

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

An Illustration of Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 06.26.2014 | Black Voices
Emily Timbol

I've seen a lot of talk lately about privilege -- who has it, if it matters, what owning up to it looks like. But it can be hard for people like me, who have immense privilege, to truly grasp what that means since we don't know what it's like to not have it.

The Arts Are Still Moving the Movement

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 06.26.2014 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

This is historic for Atlanta, the home of civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ambassador Andrew Young. Despite the city's rich history, The Center is the first civil rights museum in Atlanta. It's also one of the only global human rights museums in the country.

NAACP Wants Thad Cochran To 'Show Some Reciprocity'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and ...

A Letter That Shook Me and Changed My Life

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I got involved in civil rights gradually. At the outset I simply cared deeply but didn't know very much about it. It became clear that it was one thing to be legitimately in favor of racial justice, yet quite another to take a controversial public stand on the issue.

A Pilgrimage, the CORE Murders and Juneteenth

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Ravi K. Perry

I've always found it a very tragic and sad irony that the same weekend that we celebrate Juneteenth, we also remember and commemorate the loss of life of three heroic Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) members and volunteers: James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

For Ruby Dee, Who Made Me Believe

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

There was something happening out there -- mostly in New York, I gathered, as a little black girl growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 50s. I didn't understand it, but I could see and feel it, whenever I saw Ruby Dee on TV or the big screen.