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Alex Myers: Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills.

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: Father Ted & Voting Rights

Republicans have closed polling places, reduced early voting, purged voter rolls, and added ID requirements. Nearly all these changes are in predominantly African-American districts.

June 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Vaneesa Cook: Why divine immanence mattered for the Civil Rights struggle

Martin Luther King Jr knew he was risking his life. The US civil rights leader, who would be assassinated in 1968 while campaigning for equality, realised that his safety, and … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Obama delivers stirring speech on Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday

. Arguing that “we have no choice but to move forward” and that “those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lucas Johnson: Remembering Dorothy Cotton, freedom educator

Dorothy Cotton was the director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the King years. (Twitter / @natcivilrightsmuseum) . On June 10, the world lost another veteran of … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fran Schor: Spiritual Death/Spiritual Awakening

 “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Max S. Gordon: Bill Cosby Himself — Fame, Narcissism and Sexual Violence

There is a black woman who works security in our building.  Leaving for the day a few weeks ago, I skip our morning salutation and jump right in: “Oh, chile, … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dynamite Hill

for Angela Davis Nothing made her angrier than silence (and inaction)— made her skin prickle. Even as a child, she’d break up a dogfight on the hot streets of Birmingham. … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

NAACP: We Mourn For the Orlando Victims

From NAACP President Cornell William Brooks: On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the NAACP, I want to assert clearly that we stand shoulder to shoulder, heart … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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