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Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Readies ‘Massive, Nonviolent’ Effort to Save Democracy

“We are not in this for a moment, but for a movement,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “Our deadline is victory.”

January 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The People of the People’s Trail

I am the very accidental Black nature lover.

November 7, 2021 · 13 Comments

Rev. John Dear: The clash between history and today’s movements — a conversation with Rev. James Lawson

Nonviolence is that quality that comes out of all the great world religions, the notion that the creative force of the universe is love.

October 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Slipping Free of the Shame To Say His Name, Now More Than Ever

If he’d been allowed to live his “one wild and precious life,” Sunday July 25 would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till, who at 14 was kidnapped, whipped, … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 6 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Many have claimed that those rioters (and the president’s infamous “base” more generally) were all, in essence, poor, working-class white people. In reality, however, among those who have led such racist attacks are business leaders, executives, and multimillionaires.

January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Kathleen O’Toole: For Such a Time as This

The poet’s ability to inhabit the events, and actors, with King himself center stage, contribute to the power of this collection. Moreover, the questions these poems raise could not be more timely.

January 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate

Frederick Douglass embraced the promise of the Declaration, even while he condemned the United States as a land of hypocrisy, because people talk about freedom, but in fact they deprive millions of their freedom.

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

David D. Daniels III: Black Church has been getting ‘souls to the polls’ for more than 60 years

To King and other civil rights leaders, the Black Church was a key institution within the pro-democracy movement.

November 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

The gospel doesn’t talk about the inevitability of poverty or the need for charity, but the responsibilities of the ruling authorities to all people and the possibility of abundance for all.

October 1, 2020 · 9 Comments

Video: Ayishat Akanbi | The Problem with Wokeness

Ayishat Akanbi considers the radical power of kindness, the limits of identity, the gendered nature of image, and how to transcend the superficial to form meaningful connections.

July 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

John Lewis: Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble

Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.

July 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

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 · 28 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

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