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Civil Rights Movement

An a-Pauling Lesson in Black History

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When Rand Paul asks wide-eyed innocently how the Republican Party has lost the faith and trust of an entire race, he might want to look at all the efforts by Republican legislatures to make it difficult for blacks to do something as simple and basic as vote, for starters.

Birmingham Church Bombing Families Split Over Honor

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 06.12.2013 | Black Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Relatives of four black girls killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed an Alabama church are split over how to mark the crime 50 ye...

Celebrate Rachel Robinson, Too!

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

We might characterize her ongoing work, including her role as a consultant for 42, as advancing the legacy of her heroic husband. But Jackie Robinson would no doubt be the first to remind us that his legacy is also Rachel's.

Martin Luther King's Dream Will Not Die

Grant Woods | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Grant Woods

On April 3, 1968, Mike Cody was sitting in his Memphis law office when he got the call that Dr. Martin Luther King needed help. That phone call and the events that followed rocked the young lawyer and laid the foundation of values upon which he built his career.

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.

Jackie Robinson Beyond Home Plate

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

As we gear up for the exciting release of 42, let's also keep in mind the larger image of Jackie Robinson. He was also a tireless civil rights leader in his own right, furious with racial injustice and positively committed to securing first class citizenship for all.

A Story Worth Telling At A Time Like This

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.

Understanding Clarksdale: Why History Matters

Françoise N. Hamlin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Françoise N. Hamlin

At 34 years old, Marco McMillian had positioned himself as a politician ready to take on the issues of the day in the small delta city besieged with all the traits of a declining community in a post-Jim Crow reality.

Michael McLaughlin

EXCLUSIVE: 51 Years After A White Cop Killed A Black Soldier, An Angry Son Takes On The Feds | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 03.20.2013 | Crime

Less than a year after Freedom Riders boarded buses for Mississippi and demanded enforcement of a Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation at bu...

My Aunt, Rosa Parks: The Heroine That Only We Knew

Sheila Gaye Keys | Posted 05.04.2013 | Detroit
Sheila Gaye Keys

She lived with us during the first few years of her move to Michigan, so it became normal for us to see her in the kitchen and at the dinner table. The one thing she seldom ever did was talk about the civil rights movement.

For the Four Little Girls

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.04.2013 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Nearly 50 years ago, a bomb planted by white supremacists killed four little girls in Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. There is now a bipartisan effort to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to these precious young girls.

Mrs. Rosa Parks -- Before and After the Bus

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.

A Second Emancipation

Taylor Branch | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Taylor Branch

In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Kennedy took a stroll through the White House. When they passed the Lincoln Bedroom, King noticed the Emancipation Proclamation wall, and took the opportunity to raise the issue of civil rights. He suggested something radical: a second Emancipation Proclamation.

Peter Yarrow: An American Journey, Ending Bullying, and the Story of the Hungry Goat!

Robert LoCascio | Posted 04.30.2013 | Arts
Robert LoCascio

"Well our lives were threatened, you know we went to a march in Frankfort, Ky., as part of the Civil Rights movement where we got the direct message, if you go to this march you will be killed. And even though Mary was pregnant with her second daughter at the time, we didn't even give it a second thought."

LOOK: Civil Rights Icon Makes More History

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 04.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — The nation's most powerful politicians honored Rosa Parks on Wednesday by unveiling her statue in a permanent place in the U.S. Cap...

Are Gay Rights The Same As Civil Rights?

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Are gay rights the same as civil rights? That's the question that was posed at a Feb. 21 CNN panel moderated by anchor Carol Costello and composed ...

Reflections: The Supremes and the Politics of Image

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Motown, and in particular The Supremes, were symbols of breaking racial barriers. The appearances of The Supremes on mainstream variety shows weren't just critical for what it said about the humanity of African Americans, it also said a great deal about the position of black women in society.

Celebrating Black History Month

Chad Griffin | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

To Bayard Rustin, fighting for his equality as a black man, while leaving his identity as a gay man unspoken, would have been an unthinkable betrayal. This Black History Month, we should not forget trailblazers like Rustin.

Unsung Hero Speaks to America About Voting Rights Act

Glen Browder | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Just as those black and white photos of Rosa Parks could not capture the continuing fight she waged in her community, the Times picture and interview fail to communicate how much Gray has done for voting rights.

Progress Is Still Possible for Workers Battling an Unfair System

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Too many working people across the country have to hope for overtime, string together two or three jobs or rely on public benefits to financially stay afloat. Contractors and corporations are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce yet they aren't equitably sharing those rewards.

I, Too, Am America

Genevieve Jessee McCall | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Genevieve Jessee McCall

After the devastation of 9/11 a young woman decided to heed the call of her nation to protect and serve. She put her life on the line, so that we might all be a little safer at home. That soldier is my wife. Yes, we are two wives.

No President Can Change the World Alone

Ben Jealous | Posted 04.15.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Last night President Obama set out an agenda that responds to many of the calls made by the movements that have twice made his presidency a reality. Now we must come together to ensure legislators have the courage to answer our call as well.

Gay Will Never Be The New Black: What James Baldwin Taught Me About My White Privilege

Todd Clayton | Posted 04.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Todd Clayton

As a white gay man committed to advocacy, I was naturally drawn to Baldwin and eager to hear what he had to say about LGBTQ equality in America. What I discovered, though, was not at all what I was expecting.

Belated Honor for Veteran Feminists?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Linda Buzzell

In the late 1960s no one could imagine the possibility of multiple female Secretaries of State, just as they couldn't imagine a two-term African-American President. And to get from there to here took a lot of courage and struggle by many, many people.

The Big Social Changes Are the Ones We Ignore

Eli Lehrer | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Many of the social changes that people think about the most at the time, in other words, aren't the biggest ones. This doesn't mean, of course, that all social changes are meaningless.