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Medgar Evers

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

Not Just a Ferguson Problem

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer.

Race and Murder in America from the Time of Jefferson Davis to Jordan Davis

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Every life matters. When someone is murdered, the loss cannot be measured. Hearing the grief, the real despair about the future in this country for African Americans expressed after the announcement of the Jordan Davis verdict made me think about the past.

On MLK Day, Honoring 7 Other Activists Who Gave Their Lives For A Cause

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

As we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we wanted to acknowledge some under-appreciated activists who also sacrificed their l...

Ducks and Race

Robert Slayton | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Slayton

Phil Robertson thought he was a TV star. Now he's in trouble.The concern is his remarks about homosexuals. Bigotry, worthy of the utmost condemnation? Absolutely. But less noticed were his comments about race.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

Assassinations, Anniversaries, and the New America Now

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Anniversaries are often that occasion when a spark of hope for the future is renewed in the hearts of individuals, a community, or a nation. People, whose lives have been touched near and far, pay their momentary tribute and respect.

New Portrait Honors Clyde Kennard, Forgotten Civil Rights Pioneer

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.

Discriminating Taste: Rhapsody in Black Puts Audiences on the Path to Transcending Racism

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt imbues every word that falls from his mouth with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. You will find truth and triumph in Rhapsody in Black.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

Murder in Tall Grass -- A Civil Rights Story

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I remember as if it were yesterday. I had flown from my home in Detroit to Jackson, Miss., for the funeral of Medgar Evers, the African-American civil rights leader who was working as a field secretary for the NAACP in 1963.

It's Marching Time: Supreme Court Attacks Voting Rights and Challenges Affirmative Action

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

No other "ish" should matter, and when I say "ish," you know exactly what I mean. I woke up this morning with a slight sense of depression. It had not...

Remembering Medgar Evers: A Lesson of Civic Engagement

Ryan Mack | Posted 08.19.2013 | Black Voices
Ryan Mack

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death, when I think about the lessons of Medgar Evers the one word that comes to mind is "action." This man didn't live his life complaining about how bad things were as much as he spent his life taking tangible actions to fix the oppressive conditions of his community.

GOP Gov. Honors Civil Rights Leader

AP | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mississippi's governor says slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers helped create a "vastly different"...

Supremely Equal Under the Law

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Like a strong majority of Americans, I believe we are all equal under the law -- now I hope the Supreme Court agrees: any day now we will learn the fates of our voting rights and marriage rights.

We Aren't Ready

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We must not forget that a legal victory does not equal immediate justice. When defeated in the open, ignorance and bigotry and hate go underground. Those who hate will plan attacks designed to put entire groups of people on notice.

Medgar Evers Remembered As Pioneer In Civil Rights

AP | VALERIE BONK | Posted 08.05.2013 | Black Voices

ARLINGTON, Va. — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday praised slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, saying that the black activist's visi...

Myrlie Evers-Williams Returns To Mississippi As More Than A Civil Rights Widow

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices

Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her t...

To Medgar, With Gratitude

Michael W. Waters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

The greatest injustice to Medgar Evers' legacy is not his death, but the failure of subsequent generations of Americans to tell his story.

NAACP Honors Medgar Evers' Memory

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — NAACP leaders from around the country are honoring the memory of the group's former Mississippi leader, Medgar Evers, nearly 50...

What Killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While there are troubling undertones of racial suspicion and fear in Trayvon Martin's killing which must be addressed as justice is sought, the fact is that most Black young people murdered by guns are killed by Black shooters -- just as most White children and teens murdered by guns are killed by White shooters. Sadly the tragedies of Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and elsewhere made clear that none of us are safe anywhere or immune to the pervasive threat of gun violence. We are all in the same boat and must act together to stop the plague of violence. Gun safety laws that only apply in one city or state can't fully stop our national epidemic of gun proliferation and violence any better than we can stop a flu epidemic by vaccinating one family.

LOOK: Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots o...

Medgar Evers Widow Delivers Heartfelt Inaugural Prayer

AP | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Myrlie Evers-Williams is calling on Americans to work together to build on the nation's progress in her invocation for President Barack ...

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Widow Of Slain Civil Rights Activist Will Deliver Obama's Inaugural Invocation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration later thi...