On 28 August, in the shadow of Lincoln’s monument, Martin Luther King announced to the March on Washington during his famous ”I have a dream” speech that “1963 is not an end, but a beginning.” For legal segregation, it would turn out to be the beginning of the end. The year started with Alabama governor George Wallace standing on [...]
CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins and journalist LZ Granderson about NBA player Jason Collins coming out, and the comparison of the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks is now the first black woman to have a full-length statue in the US National Statuary Hall, with congressional leaders joining more than 50 of her relatives at the Capitol Wednesday for the unveiling. Parks is one of the most recognizable icons in the Civil Rights Movement, well-known for her role in the [...]
As we embark on Black History Month here at Atlanta Black Star, we are going to take a unique look throughout the month at the heroes of the African Diaspora by celebrating their courage and their prophetic brilliance. We kick off the month this week by exploring iconic figures who uplifted black people with the [...]
Far off from the public eye, the Brooklyn Navy Yard looms over the Brooklyn waterfront, quiet and unassuming as a warehouse. From its outside, you’d never guess this industrial landmass serves as a safe haven for businesspeople, photographers, media, and artists alike. On a cool August morning, someone from the latter category stands right before the entrance. Clad in [...]
The Voting Rights Act—a cherished safeguard for minority voters since 1965—has been under siege for two years and this week faces one of its toughest test on an apparent path to the U.S. Supreme Court. Twenty-five hours of argument, starting on Monday and spread over five days, will help the judges of the U.S. District [...]
An African-American pastor’s support for same-sex marriage costs him his congregation. Twenty-two years ago, Reverend Oliver White founded Grace Community United Church of Christ in a low-income black neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a strong congregation with 320 members — until 2005, when White stood up at a synod of the United Church [...]
A pastor who led the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution in 2009 applauding the election of Barack Obama as America’s first African-American president termed the president’s May 9 endorsement of same-sex marriage a betrayal of the black church and an attack on the Christian faith. “America is now a candidate for the same [...]