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David and Goliath: A Blueprint for Reforming American Education?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 03.28.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

The frustration surrounding America's inability to "fix" our education system to outperform the world highlights what Gladwell calls "the limits of power."

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...

Why Snowden's Passport Matters

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Cancelation of the passport wasn't just an effort to prevent the whistleblower from getting to a country that might grant political asylum. It was also a declaration that the U.S. government can nullify the right to travel just as surely as it can nullify the right to privacy.

46 Years Ago: Thurgood Marshall Sworn In Becoming First African American Supreme Court Justice

Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn into the United States Supreme Court, making him the first African American to hold one of the presti...

First Nighter: In "Arguendo" Elevator Repair Service Makes a Good Argument for Unbridled Enjoyment

David Finkle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Although I can't say I followed everyone of the ins and outs of Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, at the Public, I had great fun trying to. That's ...

Voting Rights Activist Dies At 99

AP | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

BOSTON — Lillian Bonner Sutson, a little-known civil rights activist whose attempts to register as a voter in South Carolina set a precedent in ...

Mexicans Ain't White: The Gus Garcia Story

Tony_Diaz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

What evidence did he present, which metaphors did he use, which rhetorical strategies did he utilize for his legal argument that swayed the United States Supreme Court to finally recognize us and ensure that we would be granted all the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Constitution?

50 Years After Birmingham, Injustice Is Still Here

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, violence is also not the answer, neither on the government's part nor on the part of disgruntled citizens. Violence only leads to more violence. So where does this leave us?

LOOK: Black History Photo Of The Day

Posted 02.05.2013 | Black Voices

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapsho...

'We Have Decided to Turn the Pain Into Power'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Crime
Marian Wright Edelman

The goal of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for every child in America may not have been realized yet, but it's still the goal we have to meet in order for America to finally live up to its promise. Let's all make sure that happens in Trayvon's case.

Should States Be Sued for Providing Low-Quality Schools?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

How's this for a summer blockbuster -- the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Michigan for violating the "right to learn" of its children, a right guaranteed under an obscure state law.

Right-Wing Judges Seek to Close the Courthouse Doors to Public Interest Claims

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Imagine an America in which lawyers dared not challenge the mightiest no matter how egregious their offenses may be for fear of financial ruin.

Justice on the Rocks: The Demise of the People's Court

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In the end, the law means nothing if it isn't applied to human beings compassionately. The reason judges sit on courts is to do justice.

The Man Behind the March: Remembering Bayard Rustin

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life. But this year -- the 100th anniversary of his birth and 25 years after his death -- his name is back in the news.

When It Comes to the Free Speech Rights of Teachers, the Joke's on Us

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Let's enjoy a short laugh at the foolishness of Arizona's lawmakers to muzzle their state's public school teachers. And then let's remember that a more carefully constructed bill may not be as outlandish, and unlikely, as we think.

Other People's Children

Sam Chaltain | Posted 03.25.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

We continue to tolerate a system in which your zip code determines your access to the American Dream, and in which communities refuse to fund their schools because "their" children no longer go there.

Derrick Bell: Changing the Odds for Others

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his storied career as a lawyer, law professor, and legal scholar until his death last October at age 80, Derrick Bell was well-known for his willingness to stand up and speak out about the injustices he saw around him, even when it cost him his own positions.

Robert Carter, Fighter Against Segregation, Dies

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 03.05.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Robert Carter, a lawyer who was an integral member of the team led by Thurgood Marshall that turned to the courts to battle segregati...

58 Years Later, LSU's First Black Undergraduate Receives Honorary Degree

Gilbert King | Posted 07.23.2011 | College
Gilbert King

More than a half-century ago, Alexander P. Tureaud Jr. became the first African-American undergraduate at Louisiana State University until students, teachers, the administration and the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals forced him out before he could finish his first semester.

Is a Free Education a Fundamental Right?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In today's America, when it comes to public education, have we allowed our five-digit zip codes to become the equivalent of a lottery ticket to a better future? Is this really who we wish to be?

In a Mostly Caucasian Oscar Year, a Tribute to Sidney Poitier

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are some celebrities who, by virtue of what they represent and contribute beyond their talent, become something more than simply what their chosen profession would indicate.

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

A Coda to the Kagan Nomination: Empathy, Impartiality and the (Mis)Education of Jeff Sessions

John Paul Rollert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Paul Rollert

Those who believe that the law is not always so clear, that Constitutional values will sometimes be at odds, will argue that Justices will occasionally have to look beyond the law.

The GOP v. the 14th Amendment

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

With this latest rallying cry to repeal the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment, the Republican Party has disowned one of the greatest steps forward in American history.

Would a Black Judge Have Been Biased in Brown v. Board of Education?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

There are no rational arguments for denying gay Americans the same rights that straight Americans already enjoy. We'll probably hear more irrationality from the right on this issue, but it won't last. They've already lost.