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Are You Just Taking Up Space? Five Steps to a Legacy-Life that Makes an Impact Now

Denise Banks-Grasedyck | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Denise Banks-Grasedyck

It is natural and empowering to claim your space in the world, but if you are ready to do more and live a legacy-worthy life of impact, here are five steps that you can take today:

What Actually Happened With Rosa Parks Is Not What You Learned In School

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices

We all learned about Rosa Parks in grade school. But do you know the full story? ...

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.

Another Opportunity

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Having failed so miserably earlier this month to express our justified anger at the ballot box, this Thanksgiving weekend, along with its Black Friday promotions, throughout the holiday season, and for whatever necessary days or months to come, we have been given the opportunity to express our justified rage, anew.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Don't Mess with CHIP: 17 Years of Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Please join us in urging Congress to take action now in 2014 when they return to Washington for the lame duck legislative session. Ask Congress to extend funding now for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years. We must not allow children to lose ground.

Windswept Wonders, All

Robert Hoch | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Hoch

Our girls are busy building a timeline for the 20th century. Included are, among other things, the Civil Rights movement (1954-1968), a picture of Ros...

Dear Ernest, #2: Let's Get Real About Campus Leadership

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Ernest Owens

It might sound cliché at a glance, but there is actually a way you can still be yourself while also being the kind of person that exults leadership.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Lawyer: Rosa Parks Artifacts Sold For $4.5M

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 08.31.2014 | Black Voices

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer says the purchase price for hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is $4.5 million. The sale was m...

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

Small Moments Can Change the World

Rupa Mehta | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

The power of no is simply profound. Sometimes the power is in not what you've said "no" to, but what you've indirectly said "yes" to.

The Real Rosa Parks

Brad Meltzer | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Brad Meltzer

Rosa Parks wasn't some meek old lady or even the "quiet seamstress" that history has held her out to be. She was a strong, fierce fighter. And she always was, ever since she was little.

Ding-a-lings of Spring

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

The rain of ridiculous ravings from America's political right continued unabated as spring took hold. Let's look at a few examples.

The Invisible Backbone Leaders of Transforming Social Change

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jo Ann Robinson and other unsung heroines of the civil rights movement remain role models for the tireless indispensable behind-the-scenes leaders whose strength and determination we desperately need right now.

People Are Asking: Give Us a Hero

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Malcolm Boyd

We need heroes to inspire us, provide us examples, challenge us by their new ideas and maybe even vision.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

Why It Matters Who Ellen Page Loves

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Annie L. Scholl

If people like Ellen DeGeneres and Ellen Page remain silent about their sexuality, then how do young lesbians ever come to see themselves as normal?

When Money And History Collide: The Ongoing Feud Over Civil Rights Legacies

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 02.16.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painf...

Happy 101st Birthday, Rosa Parks!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices

Today, we honor and celebrate Rosa Parks on what would have been her 101st birthday. "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I w...

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

On Dr. King's Struggles and Sources of Strength

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Based on the strength he drew from the voice he heard, King gathered himself to continue the fight for justice and equality.

History Repeating: Don't Censor What I Wear, Let Me Be

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.27.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

How are we supposed to have an identity if we all have to dress and act like what our school decides is appropriate?

For Rosa Parks, December 5, 1955

Janus Adams | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Here, on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked by Rosa Parks keeping her historic seat, I'd like to tell you a story. Think of it as a relay race. As the baton is passed runner-to-runner, year-after-year, think of the goal line as justice.