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Bending The Arc

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Following Dr. King's Footsteps in Alabama, An Emotional Journey

The GypsyNesters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

As the capital of Alabama, and former capital of The Confederate States of America, Montgomery is steeped in history, but for people of our generation its recent history is more transformational. This is the city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began his civil rights work.

MLK Biopic Moves Forward With New Director

Posted 07.12.2013 | Entertainment

Hot on the momentum of his upcoming drama "The Butler" (or whatever it might be called), director Lee Daniels has passed along the reins of another hi...

Selma Remembered

Murray Fromson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Murray Fromson

I vividly remember that bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge leading out of Selma, Alabama when some 600 civil rights marchers heading for the state capitol in Montgomery were stopped by club-wielding state troopers, deputy sheriffs and other hired hands.

As Obama Signals Surrender to TransCanada, It's Time to Focus on Keystone XL's Southern Leg

Tom Weis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Why aren't all Keystone XL opponents loudly demanding that President Obama stop construction of the pipeline's 485-mile southern leg that is destroying the lives of our fellow Americans in Texas and Oklahoma?

Biden Honors Marchers Who 'Broke The Back Of The Forces Of Evil'

AP | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics

BY PHILLIP RAWLS, ASSOCIATED PRESS SELMA, Ala. — Black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the i...

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.

The Inaugural and More: Obama's Inclusive American History Narrative

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That day, as in the inaugural address, the president gave pride of place in our country's story to victories won on the military battlefield and in the battle for equality. Placing Stonewall in that pantheon makes his historical narrative even more fully inclusive.

Obama Asks America to Learn the Radical Lessons of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In evoking the battles at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall -- and in selecting Evers, Blanco, and Rev. Leon to participate in the ceremony -- Obama was reminding Americans that the progress toward a better society is made primarily by people working together through social movements.

When Voices Met Visions

Tom Teicholz | Posted 02.21.2013 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

Here's a challenge: Let's say you had $1.1 million to give away on a program to inspire people working in Jewish organizations as well as the people who find themselves in their public spaces.

How Obama Won Me Over With a Single Speech

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Holly Robinson

I don't know how to explain this bizarre transformation. The closest I can come is to say that the president emanated an energy that was so generous and good in spirit that I swear I could almost see the halo.

Was the Civil Rights Movement in Vain?

Voto Latino | Posted 06.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Last week, I was in Alabama for a work assignment and to my surprise it was such an eye-opening and heart-wrenching experience.

African Americans and Latinos Unite in Alabama to Fight for Immigrant Rights

Voto Latino | Posted 05.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Activists are alarmed to see the spirit of the civil rights movement being under attack by the newest face of discrimination: racial profiling of undocumented immigrants.

The American Promise: The Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.

Back to the Future: All Roads Lead to Selma, Alabama

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.30.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Today, when voter ID laws have crept into dozens of states, and one of the toughest and most reprehensible anti-immigration bills passed in Alabama, we will gather once again in the deep South and march.

Assault on Unions Is an Attack on Basic Civil Rights

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Across the country, just as in the civil rights movement, people of conscience are holding vigils and protests in support of Wisconsin's public employees. This is a Martin Luther King moment.

Celebrating National Black History Month

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As we mark the beginning of a month-long celebration of black history in our country, I am proud to be part of a culture and history that has made great contributions to not just to this country but all parts of the world.

Selma And Salamah: Egyptian Voices For Peace As The Fruit Of Justice

Ingrid Mattson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ingrid Mattson

Like Rabbi Heschel and Dr. King, the Egyptian protesters moved beyond parochial religious identities to come together to call for a peace in a place where it has been long denied.

David Remnick's 'The Bridge' Delves Deep Into Barack Obama's Presidency (New York Review)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Joseph Lelyveld The New York Review of Books Who Is Barack Obama? "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama" by David Remnick Knopf, 656 pp., $...

The Arizona of 2010 Is the Alabama of 1963

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The draconian anti-immigrant bill that was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is likely to stir the nation as it was against racial segregation in the 1960s.

From Sharpeville to Selma: Ongoing Struggles for Equality

Chandra Bhatnagar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chandra Bhatnagar

Fifty years ago yesterday, in the township of Sharpeville in South Africa, thousands of black South Africans peacefully demonstrated against racist ...

'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: The Real Rosa Parks

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

The full story of Rosa Parks reminds us that her tremendously consequential act, along with everything that followed, depended on all the humble, frustrating work that she and others had undertaken earlier on.

Remembering 'Bloody Sunday' the Day After

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

There is nothing easy about remembering Selma.

Remembering Bloody Sunday: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

As right-wingers gabble loosely about secession and revolution, it's worth remembering that our nation experienced a second - necessary and successful - American revolution 45 years ago.