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Frederick Douglass

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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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...

I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

Before my political awakening the Fourth was a fun day of barbecue, games, and fellowship with family and friends. Now, I reflect upon this nation's refusal to live up to the syrupy platitudes about liberty and sacrifice our political leaders will serve us like so many hot dogs.

This Day In Black History: Frederick Douglass Nearly Becomes U.S.' First Black President

Posted 06.23.2013 | Black Voices

On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively ...

Biden Honors Historical Figure

AP | VALERIE BONK | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is hailing Frederick Douglass for his work to bring about equal justice, leading a series of tributes at t...

Frederick Douglass Statue To Be Unveiled

AP | VALERIE BONK | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday used a tribute to 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass to renew the call for equal vo...

Dedication of Frederick Douglass Statue Has Become a Farce

John Muller | Posted 08.17.2013 | DC
John Muller

If you want to go the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue this Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the United States Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall, don't bother: You're not invited.

Notes on Frederick Douglass' Long Journey to the U.S. Capitol

John Muller | Posted 08.11.2013 | DC
John Muller

Now, more than a century later, the life of Frederick Douglass has come full circle; on June 19th a statue of his likeness will be permanently placed in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall joining 18 other men and women so honored.

The 'F' Word Worth Saying

Ellen Snortland | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

I recently received a spate of links from several women via email and Facebook about a Fall 2012 TEDx talk by Dr. Jackson Katz concerning the need for men to step up and address male violence and aggression. Katz isn't alone; similar sentiments are popping up all over the Web.

High School Students Celebrate Emancipation Jubilee -- and Look to the Future

Alan Singer | Posted 06.23.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

A giant portrait of Frederick Douglass stared down at the audience of about three hundred high school students who gathered in the Hofstra University student center to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Politics of Redemption and Black Leadership Revisited

Pascal Robert | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

The politics of redemption is premised on the need for blacks to constantly seek the validation and approval of whites. Besides being terribly humiliating as a construct, the politics of redemption is a bankrupt world view, and an even more repellent political strategy.

7 Sensational Frederick Douglass Quotes

Posted 02.20.2013 | Black Voices

Happy birthday, Frederick Douglass! Well, sort of. Unfortunately the exact date of the iconic abolitionist's birth is unknown, with several propos...