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Civil Rights Movement

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till shocked our nation. It shouldn’t have happened; it should never happen again. And yet African Americans continue to be lynched, from the Eric Garners to the Trayvon Martins. […] Read More

Prathia Hall said “living in the face of death” was “the most powerful expression of freedom-faith.” A new book tells how she followed God’s call to work for liberation for all people, even knowing the risks. […] Read More

The U.S. is stretched and pulled by the unavoidable differences arising from our cultural, racial, historical and personal experiences. A naming controversy over an infamous Alabama bridge illustrates the polarities dividing us. […] Read More

Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. an effective preacher, but also a poet whose words shattered the settled reality of cruelty and hate and helped us see the hope of a new possibility through his vision of the beloved community. […] Read More

Reading the final works of Martin Luther King Jr. through the lens of contemporary efforts to function as a more just society produces a kind of déjà vu. It’s a vivid reminder of how far we have come – and how far we haven’t. […] Read More

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the great “March on Washington” and its vivid demonstration of a public passion for racial justice that had been welling up for 10 years in what we know as the civil rights movement. Sung and unsung heroes had prayed and marched, risked their lives and given their lives to […] Read More

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (RNS) The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the driving force behind the Birmingham integration efforts that energized the national civil rights movement, died Wednesday (Oct. 5) at age 89. Shuttlesworth said he never feared death, and repeatedly put himself on the line during his struggle against Jim Crow segregation in the 1950s and early 1960s. […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on January 16, 2011. Isaiah 49:1-7 Last week we talked about taking the plunge of faith. One of you even asked if my fear of heights meant I watched others jump off but didn’t jump myself. I don’t think I made it […] Read More

Infinite Possibilities

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City Mo., on November 14, 2010. Isaiah 65:17-25 Six centuries before Jesus was born, the great Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and the Babylonians carted off many of the upper classes in a huge repatriation program. Some Jews were left behind but have no […] Read More

For the past half millennium, racial and ethnic forms of economic oppression were normalized and legitimatized in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of Euroamericans, an entrenched understanding that found legal (eugenics was constitutional upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court) and religious justification. With the coming of the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s in […] Read More