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'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This question of citizenship and political representation is as important today as it was then -- yet the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is not even mentioned in many major U.S. history textbooks.

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Remembering a Committed Life

Gary May | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Gary May

Nearly 50 years after his death it is King's words and deeds that live on in the American memory -- not that of the racists who hated him or the Black Power advocates who scorned him.

Macy's and Barney's Incidents Should Teach Us: Dollars and Sense

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that make you pull out the receipt on the way out the door, and have the security guard ravage through your purchased goods?

I Have A Dream: Bring Back SNCC

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

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.

Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle. As such, there are a few points that cannot be overlooked if we want to honor the march's true story.

Freedom Singer Reflects On '63 March

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Shelia Poole | Posted 10.17.2013 | Black Voices

Rutha Mae Harris' mother used to shush her because she sang so much. "She said, 'Girl, you sing all the time," Harris said. "You sing in your sleep."...

Dream Defenders Florida Take Over Enters Week Four

Bill Quigley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

They are an inspiring and organized black and brown student movement going into week four of their sit in and occupation of the Florida governor's office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws which criminalize young black and brown people.

Ella Baker and the Limits of Charismatic Masculinity

Pascal Robert | Posted 04.23.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

Often in America, when discussing prominent black trailblazers who fought the injustices of segregation and racial oppression, we see the same images of a variety of men. I somewhat jokingly call them our superhero black male icons.

The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medgar Evers would be pleased to know that all public schools are technically available to all children, but he would be dismayed to learn that even so, many black children are still getting a separate, unequal, and failing education. We must not let all he lived and died for recede on our watch.

Occupy Wall Street: A Year Later

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's far too early to tell what the overall impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be on American politics. One year later, we know that the action in Zuccotti Park changed the conversation by putting economic injustice back on the nation's radar.

Will The Help's Oscar Revive Interest in The Long Walk Home?

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
Peter Dreier

In contrast to The Help, The Long Walk Home shows African-American maids as active participants in the civil rights struggle -- and remains a much more uplifting and hard-hitting movie about the plight and pluck of black domestic servants confronting racism.

Civil Rights Movement Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

I hope the country understands what a debt it owes to these young people who tried to reshape the world against impossible odds.

The F Word: National Confrontation on Race

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At the end of a long painful week, Shirley Sherrod's been offered a new job with the USDA's Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach. She's still considering, though, and who can blame her?

Civil Rights Movement Reassembles to Ask: What's Next?

Saul Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Landau

On February 1, 1960, four black students took seats at a lunch counter at the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's. The white waitresses ignored th...

Mississippi Goddamn

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

Barbour's remarks about Confederate History Month and slavery reveal how easy forgetfulness can free one from the burdens of the past, and sanction callousness towards the dead and living walking in your backyard.

'The Great Pool Jump' Celebrates Great Civil Rights Lawyers -- And The 'Liberation' of Southern Pools

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Despite our own self-important rhetoric, the dream of criminal law as the engine of what we once naively referred to as "social change" is largely dead.

My White Mom's Black History Moment II

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dedrick Muhammad

For these final days of Black History Month, Mom talks about the repercussions she experienced for challenging the norms of white society and going to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in the mid 1960s.

50 Years Ago Today, The Start Of Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

On February 1, 50 years ago, four African American freshman at North Carolina AT&T sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth's and ordered a coffee, NP...

Remembering Howard Zinn

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph A. Palermo

Howard had the most developed sense of irony of anyone I've ever seen or read -- a quality that made him my all-time favorite historian. I know that I am not alone in saying that he is the reason I became one.

What is Work? Gail Collins: When Everything Changed

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sharon Glassman

The women in When Everything Changed are gutsy, goal-setting, game-changing, God-chatting, family-loving individuals who share a belief in Change - and an enduring, if irrational love of sexy shoes.

Greece and the Global Sixties

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Hayden

It's important to write Greece into the history of the Sixties, and all the countries of the global South who have been neglected due to the media's preference to obsess over music, marijuana, long hair, lost bras, and the end of innocence.