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Kazu Haga: Why the moral argument for nonviolence matters

The civil rights movement was led largely by leaders who believed in nonviolence as a moral imperative. It was not only the most effective thing, but also the right thing.

February 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Vox Populi: An Interview With Our Editor

On Friday, we caught up with poet, blogger, editor and activist Michael Simms at his kitchen table where he was preparing his Saturday morning post for Vox Populi.

February 22, 2020 · 22 Comments

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: The Ballad of Birmingham

At 10:22 a.m. on the morning of September 15, 1963, some 200 church members were in the building—many attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service—when the bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls.

February 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

Kazu Haga: Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

When we use nonviolence to confront violence and injustice, we are not disturbing the peace, we are disturbing complacency. We are disturbing the normalization of violence.

February 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: What We Do With Our History

Emmett Till gets a new memorial. “The fact that it’s bulletproof,” noted one relative, “speaks volumes.”

October 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Peter Gottschalk: Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America

An effort to protect the position of native-born citizens from perceived threats by immigrants – has periodically erupted in the U.S. since at least the early 19th century.

June 10, 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 · 1 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

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: The Part About MLK Many White People Don’t Like to Talk About

Many of the conditions that he marched, boycotted, and spoke out against still exist today—racism, materialism, militarism.

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Audio: Martin Luther King — Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – April 4, 1967 – Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full and unabridged] “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence“, also referred as Riverside … Continue reading

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Journey of Jon Daniels

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. During this time of increasingly virulent racism, it is well that we pause and remember … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Terrance Hayes, “American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin”

Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin at Politics and Prose in Washington DC on 7/16/18. Written during the first two hundred days … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: To You, Martin

. When I saw you on film tonight I remembered the dream I had when I was mourning you You were rolling A bolt of cloth at an altar Thump … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

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