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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

Abby Zimet: A Dream Where Our Differences Are Erased

 Improbably, we found a welcome break from MAGA-hatted punks and the debacle that is D.C. in Wichita, Kansas, where immigrant artists are breaking down barriers, celebrating disparate cultures, bringing together … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: ‘Literally What Jesus Told People to Do’– In Arizona Possible Prison Time for Leaving Food and Water for Migrants

“If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” Four women were found guilty of misdemeanors and are facing … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Among the Martyrs

Jimmy Lee Jackson was 26, on February 18th 1965, when a state trooper slammed him against the cigarette machine in a dark café where he and the other voting rights … Continue reading

January 21, 2019 · 1 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

Charles Davidson: The Slaves of my Ancestors

Slaves Waiting for Sale by Eyre Crowe – Richmond, Virginia, 1853. . DICK, STEPHEN, CHARITY, AND LUCY were their given names — these beloved “Negroes.” They were the propertied slaves owned … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Unveils Agenda to Combat Poverty, Racism, and Militarism

“The Democrats talk about the middle class. The Republicans talk about the military. No one’s talking about the poor.” — Reverend William Barber . In the spirit of Dr. Martin … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Randall Amster: Young America

Perhaps we will someday look back on this time in a manner similar to how Gandhi saw India a century ago, on the cusp of a mass mobilization aimed at … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Dia Kayyali: FBI’s “Suicide Letter” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance

In 2014 The New York Times published an unredacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, discovered by historian and professor … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 6 Comments

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Jon Else: Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

Whose Streets? (Then and Now) On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John … Continue reading

March 29, 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

Eva-Maria Simms: To be lovestruck, not colorblind

In his Foreword to Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Cornel West challenges the idea of colorblindness as the driving force for … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

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