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Frederick Douglass

The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including heterosexism.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.

Minorities, State Violence, and the Price of Self-Respect

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Violence is not the most effective way to respond to injustice, but self-respecting individuals taking a stand together against injustice is. This is a price we all can afford. The question is do we respect each other enough to believe that others and ourselves are worth it?

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

The Call to 'Restore' for This and Every July 4: Frederick Douglass Echoes Through the Ages

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

The wheel of the calendar has turned again, and July 4th is upon us once again, a day for the consumption of 155 million pounds of hot dogs, and fire...

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

The Clippers Players Were Far From Cowards in Handling the Donald Sterling Situation

Etan Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices
Etan Thomas

A well-informed person would have observed that the players handled the entire situation very intelligently. They were strategic in their demands and patient in their response. This is a game of chess -- it's not checkers. Unfortunately, many criticizers simply didn't understand that.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Education and Opportunity

Michael Roth | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Michael Roth

University admissions programs are not the place to promote partisan visions of social justice, but they are the place to produce the most dynamic and profound learning environments.

11 Afros That Make It Impossible Not To Love Black Hair

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices

The afro is a legendary hair style, the pinnacle of natural black hair that has graced the craniums of entertainers, athletes, historical and politica...

Living Legacies: The Children Of Iconic Black Leaders And Entertainers

Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices

During Black History Month, we often reflect on the achievements of black Civil Rights icons and activists. Although the month has come to a close, ea...

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

Frederick Douglass, Black History and Our History

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

I think this book should be required reading for everyone, and not just during the month of February. Black history is labor history; and black history and labor history are American history.

The Black Newspaper That Helped Change American History

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star. Douglass launched the paper follo...

American Liberals' Chicken-ism Is Coming Home To Roost

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election.

12 Years A Slave: More Than a History Lesson

Free The Slaves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's important to remember that the events depicted in 12 Years a Slave are still happening today. Slavery didn't end with the Civil War or the Emancipation Proclamation. It was outlawed, but not ended.

The Most Important Revolution We Forgot

Ellen Snortland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ellen Snortland

If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I'd spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It's called Feminist: Stories of Women's Liberation.

How 'Freethinkers' Changed American History

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (RNS) More than 29,000 people visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park each year, where they sit on the wooden pews in t...

Women's Rights and Inequality in America

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

There's the woman whose co-worker had to make a sign designating her as "Engineer" because, in meetings, people would assume she was a secretary. Another woman pipes up to say: "Even if I introduce myself as 'doctor,' male (particularly older male) parents of patients still refer to me as the nurse."

Will the Killing of Trayvon Martin Catalyze a Movement Like Emmett Till Did?

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The eerie parallels between the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Emmett Till 58 years ago -- including the outrageous acquittals of their killers -- remind us that despite many years of racial progress, our criminal justice system remains a bastion of bias and bigotry.

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

Thankfully, America Is Still Young

E. R. Shipp | Posted 09.03.2013 | Black Voices
E. R. Shipp

As we mark the Fourth of July weekend, let's pause amid the frolicking to ponder the meaning of independence and freedom -- and consider what Frederick Douglass had to say when called upon to give a widely publicized and much-anticipated oration on July 5, 1852.

The Bronze and the Spirit: A Sculptor's Vision of Legacy

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Robert J. Benz

Sculptor Steven Weitzman was confronted with the same, nearly impossible, challenge that artists have faced repeatedly for thousands of years: How does one capture the eternity of a subject in a single image that allows the viewer to better understand and feel the subject?

5 Religious Facts You Might Not Know About The Civil Rights Leader

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Frederick Douglass, whose seven-foot bronze statue was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wedn...