WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — The Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. still remembers clearly the moment as a teenager he thought he was going to die.Parker was 16 years old, visiting family in Mississippi, when he woke in the early morning hours to the sound of v
Ruby Bridges’ new book highlights the story that made her a civil rights icon: walking into school as one of the first Black students to desegregate an all-white Louisiana school in 1960.
“I Am Ruby Bridges” chronicles her history-making story from the eyes of her 6-year-old self, in what Bridges calls her “most personal bo
The only criminal trial to arise from the botched police raid that left Breonna Taylor dead began on Friday, as hundreds of potential jurors gathered at a Kentucky courthouse in what activists see as a chance for some measure of justice. Individual questioning of jurors is scheduled to start next week.
The former Louisville officer facing trial, Brett Hankison, was not charged in Taylor’s shooting death but is standing trial on three lower-level felony charges for allegedly firing his s
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of two counts of murder on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd, whose final breaths last May under the knee of Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, were captured on video, setting off months of pr
A member of the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case filed a motion Monday in Louisville, Kentucky, to have the sealed grand jury transcripts and records released “so that the truth may prevail.”
The motion, filed in Jefferson County five days after the jury’s decision was announced, also asks that the jurors be allowed to speak about the case as a matter of public interest.
In the petition, an attorney for the anonymous juror notes that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Ca
Who was the first black child to go to an integrated school? – Makena T., age 12, Washington, D.C.
When people think about the time when black people first began to integrate America’s public schools, often they think back to the 1960s.
But history shows the first court-ordered school integration case took place a hundred years earlier, in the 1860s.
Summer is over and soon you’ll come back to school or college to continue your educational quest. Though we’re majoring in different disciplines, there’s something all students have in common. We often find ourselves hard-pressed to write lots of assignments and create numerous projects that require much effort and time we merely don’t have. To complicate matters, we need to write research papers on topics that seemingly don’t pertain to our primary field of expertise. Believe us, almost
Another young and unarmed father was killed by police after the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark.
Diante “Butchie” Yarber, a 26-year-old father of three, was driving his cousin and friends to a local Walmart store in Barstow, California, two hours outside of Los Angeles, on April 5. In broad daylight, police officers fired what sounde
On January 22, 2018, seven white teenagers in the United Kingdom “allegedly tied up and whipped a Black pupil in a ‘mock slave auction,'” according to Bath Chronicle. The students still attend the school.
The Bath Chronicle reports, “white teenagers chained a fellow pupil to a lamppost and whipped him with sticks, calling him extreme racist names harking back to the slave trade.” The name of the school and the student who was assaulted have not be released to protect the child’s identit
Municipalities and their insurance companies have paid out millions to Black families in high-profile police killings—creating apparently arbitrary price tags that undervalue Black lives. The latest case is in Tulsa, Oklahoma where officials settled with the family of a man who was fatally shot in April 2015 by a White reserve deputy.
Tulsa County settled the family’s federal civil rights suit for a price tag of $6 million for Eric Harris’ life, according to court documents filed on Friday. Th
President Donald Trump‘s racist resentment toward Black and brown people was undeniable during his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. Sandwiched between spouting his familiar refrain of “America first” and pretending to reach across the aisle to Democrats, Trump launched a steady barrage of subliminal darts aimed at people with a darker skin hue.
In just about an hour and 20 minutes, Trump managed to take a pot shot at Colin Kaepernick and all of the people who protest racism and
It’s ironic that as I crossed the Walt Whitman Bridge to attend an urban apologetics conference in Philadelphia I encountered the very religious pluralism that makes conferences such as these a necessity. As my weathered SUV pulled up to the stoplight, I could see the Marcus Garvey–inspired Pan-African flag pirouetting in the wind, and I could hear the a
In the middle of a rousing rendition of “We Shall Overcome” on Sunday morning, Marty Austin Lamar, the music director of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, made a sudden change to the lyrics.
“O.K., we are not afraid, but replace ‘someday’ with ‘today,’” he told the congregation.
The worshipers s
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on 15 th of January, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Montgomery Bus Boycott, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Civil rights movement were some of the major incidents Martin Luther King was associated wit
Though his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence still resonates and inspires.
Decades ago, the famed civil rights leader – also regarded as one of America’s greatest orators – recalled driving one night from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his brother A.D. at the wheel. Most cars in the opposite lane failed to dim their lights, and his brother angrily vowed to keep his bright lights on in retaliation.
“And I looked at him right quic
by John C. Richards Jr.
The Alabama Senate election was many things to many people, but one of them impacts evangelicals directly. You see, yesterday’s election was a monumental moment for evangelicalism.
Yesterday, evangelicalism found itself at a cultural crossroads. A Roy Moore victory would support the narrative that, when it comes to politics, many evangelicals have all but thrown morality out
President Donald Trump is facing criticism after telling the widow of a U.S. soldier "he knew what he signed up for" in a call he made Tuesday, as described by a Florida congresswoman who was with the woman at the time.
Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was with Myeshia Johnson in a car headed to Miami International Airport Tuesday afternoon to meet the body of Johnson's late husband Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, when the president called.
Wilson said she heard part of the conversation on speaker
The NAACP said in a statement Tuesday that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ pledge to bench players who take a knee during the national anthem “are a public commitment by an NFL owner to violate his players’ Constitutional right to free speech.”
Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Monday that Cowboys and the other NFL teams “needs to” stand for The Star-Spangled Banner in comments that followed his pledge to keep players off the field for “disrespecting the flag.”
“This is not an issue about our f
The Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s Office is investigating a racially charged flyer with a message from the Ku Klux Klan that threatens to assault Black men caught “make eyes” at White women, WTLV-TVreports.
A sheriff’s department spokesman told the news outlet that investigators are trying to determine whether the message crosses the line between free speech and a criminal threat.
A significant portion of the NFL’s fan base has reacted negatively to the national anthem protests of the past year. The responses tend to follow a pattern:
The stadium is no place for political protest. The game is a color-blind meritocracy. To protest football is to protest America.
But according to a study we published last year, white football fans and black football
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