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Civil Rights Movement

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

Why Rants on Sharpton, NAN and the #JusticeForAll March Are Immature, Insensitive and Irresponsible

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.19.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

What Elizabeth Warren and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement Have in Common

Jonathan Westin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Westin

In many ways the anger that caused thousands to take the streets against a criminal justice system that devalues the lives of people of color is the same anger against a political system that prioritizes the banks, the rich and the powerful over families.

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

Fighting for Racial Justice in Ferguson and Everywhere

Doug Moore | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

For so long in the labor movement we have called for others to join us as we champion worker's rights and fight for a better future for working families. But we have fallen silent on issues of racial justice when our brothers and sisters needed us to speak up most.

Cold Anger in Restless Times: The Growing Movement for Racial and Social Justice

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We need a bold inter-racial movement to demand social justice for all of America's sons and daughters. That movement is already underway.

The Second Civil Rights Movement

Michael Yaki | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Yaki

A Second Civil Rights Movement can bring together millions of Americans in unison to protest the inequities that not only divide our society, but are creating deeper, possibly insurmountable rifts in our national fabric.

How Change Happens: The Real Story of Mrs. Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I've told the real Rosa Parks story dozens of times to diverse audiences, and have been amazed how few know it. Understanding the truth beyond the myths can help us organize better against current injustices.

Riots and Race: Then, Now and Next?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Levine

What will America do when every 20-30 years our racial issues come to a head? Ferguson is not an isolated case, nor is the death of an African American at the hands of a white police officer. Yet, something about Ferguson has captured the attention nationally, and even world-wide.

Selma's Lorraine Toussaint on Motherhood, a Childhood of 'Silent, Dark Terror' and Award Season Buzz

Caroline Presno | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Toussaint's story is that of a woman who was shut down by a culture, rendered powerless, but finds a way back, and in the end, completely comes into her own.

Grand Jury Expected To Resume Ferguson Deliberations

Reuters | By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo., Nov 24 (Reuters) - A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a w...

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Here's How The National Guard Is Used To Quell Racial Tensions

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency in Missouri as the state and nation await a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown’s ...

Civil Rights Figure Says America Is Divided By Race

AP | Cain Burdeau | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with...

Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

RJ is about repairing harm, not punishing wrongdoers and, in the process, saddling them with a lifelong identity as criminals. It's also about telling the truth, and building relationships with truth as the bedrock. It's about connecting.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. And yesterday, while we were savoring this good news, the White House announced that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schewerner would be posthumous recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Election Analysis: The Populist Alternative

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Populism of this kind is a sharp challenge to conventional views which see populism as "us versus them" demagoguery. It also differs from dominant liberal and conservative frameworks used to interpret the Republican advance in the recent election.

Republicans Fear Paying a Price for Attacks on Interests of African Americans

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Community and civil rights organizations are exhorting African American voters to go to the polls in the mid-term elections by pointing out that when African Americans don't vote they get outcomes like Ferguson, Missouri. Republicans think that reference to Ferguson is "inflammatory." It's not the least bit "inflammatory."

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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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.