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Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.28.2014 | 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.

Boardwalk Empire's Negro Problem: Creative License With DuBois and Garvey

Nsenga Burton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

It is painful to think that the first introduction that some viewers are having to W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey is through the lens of this television show, however brilliant the writing, cinematography and acting.

The Black Photographer: Race and Photography (a Conversation With Brent Lewis)

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Suchitra Vijayan

"I have a reason to do this. I represent a branch of people. When I go somewhere, I represent them. They are not just a story. They know I care, because their story is my story. The light that they are cast on, gets cast on me. I have a responsibility."

The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

In its own way, the HBCU made the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom possible. Today's HBCU must make meaning of its legacy for its students, who must work tirelessly to usher in a better society and more just world.

President Obama and the New Talented Tenth

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Certainly, the name "Talented Tenth" carries baggage that may be insurmountable. It is rather difficult to redefine an infamous concept that has existed for nearly 120 years.

I Am Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown: "You Do What You Have To Do" and "Aint Nobody Got Time For Dat"

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Many laugh when they watch the Charles Ramsey and Sweet Brown interviews, but the joke is really quite sad.

Listening to Du Bois and Lincoln: The Supreme Court and the Voting Rights Act

Rick Valelly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Rick Valelly

To worry about federalism -- as important as federalism is -- would be a red herring. To dismiss the bipartisan consensus would amount to mocking the deliberative character of the legislative process.

Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

Jim Downs | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

When the script does not portray Lincoln as divinely inspired abolitionist, the film lapses into other problematic formulations of why people fought to end slavery.

From Slavery to Obama: 'Heed Their Rising Voices'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

I wonder whether Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are aware of some of the very profound issues that are the subjects of major concern by the Millennials. Conservatives need to "heed the rising voices" of this new generation of Americans.

President Obama and the 2012 Presidential Election Provide a Unique 'Teachable Moment'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Whether prompted by moral conviction or political expediency, the president's support of same sex marriage is still causing reflection among several diverse communities throughout the U.S. and it has impacted a college course I am teaching later this year, "From Slavery to Obama."

Diploma Of Harvard's First Black Alum Discovered In Condemned Chicago House

Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

An abandoned home near 75th and Sangamon, on Chicago's South Side, was the unlikely hiding place for an important piece of black history -- the papers...

Books To Read For Black History Month

Christopher Paul Curtis | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Christopher Paul Curtis

It is so difficult to choose only ten books for Black History Month; my list should be immediately expanded to include any book by the authors I cite.

A Call to Consciousness

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.25.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Though the state of black entrepreneurship has progressed significantly in the past decade, successful entrepreneurs with businesses in urban environm...

An Open Letter to the State of Georgia

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

As a native of Georgia, Decatur to be specific, I mourn for us. We've taken some steps back in our progression; there's a silent, suffocating fear that is hovering over our state.

Well After Civil War, Color Line Still Divides

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

When Dr. King spoke in Washington in 1963, he spoke of the need for America to honor its promise of equality. We issue this same demand to our Congress and the administration today.

Nation-Building and Affirmative Action in 19th Century America

Grant Calder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Grant Calder

In February 1865, shortly before the Civil War ended, Congress established "a bureau of refugees, freedmen and abandoned lands" -- a radical attempt at social change by conservative people.

The Problems With Test-Driven Education Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Diann Woodard

Educators from across the country will be meeting this week with Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Denver to discuss Advancing Student Achievement Th...

ART ESSAY: Henry Louis Gates Jr On The Image Of The Black In Western Art

theroot.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

The numerous contacts that Greeks, Romans and other Europeans had with people of African origin have been portrayed in art for thousands of years. The...

PHOTOGRAPHY: W.E.B Du Bois' Talented Tenth In Pictures

theroot.com | By Kellee Terrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Visitors to the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 were introduced to escalators, pictorial panoramas, the Paris Metro and the first films with s...

Preparing Students Means Collaboration between Secondary Educators and Industry

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

Industry understands that survival depends on their ability to adapt quickly and accurately to the changing marketplace. So, how come in education, we continue to cling to the "old way" of doing things?

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.

The Fallacy of the Talented Tenth

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

When will we wean ourselves of the delusion that a talented tenth - be they entrepreneurs or technocrats or pundits - will deliver us from poverty and the other ills of the world?

How Far Have We Come: Are Blacks In Philadelphia Getting Left Behind?

James Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Sanders

America and Philadelphia have a dark past where the black community is concerned. W.E.B DuBois wrote at length about the "Negro Problem" in Philadelphia. The big question now: is the "Negro Problem" still a problem?

The Content of Our Character: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

More than any of the other legal holidays, this one challenges us. First, we were challenged to establish it. Now we return to a more fundamental challenge: Are we who we say we are?

Henry Louis Gates, Troy Anthony Davis, and the 21st Century Color Line

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goodman

As it moves into its second century, the NAACP is, unfortunately, as relevant as ever.