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Segregation

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” one of the classic documents from what many interpreters see as a significant turning point in the public consciousness toward the systemic injustice that was being brought to light by the courage of countless of its victims and their advocates. […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS) Ultra-Orthodox leaders on Tuesday (Sept. 28) removed barriers separating men and women from a Jerusalem street after Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the tall screens were illegal. Representatives of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox organization that enforces modesty, erected the barriers in the religious neighborhood of Meah Sha’arim at the start […] Read More

Wendell Griffen grew up in Delight, a small town in southwest Arkansas. But as far as education, it was no delight.   Griffen – formerly a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals and now pastor of New Millennium Church – was bused to elementary school and initially to a high school in Okolona, several […] Read More

Those Who Are With Us

A sermon delivered Randy Hyde, at Racial Unity Service, St. Mark Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., March 7, 2010.                                                                                        2 Kings 6:8-23   Read the newspaper and watch the news. Keep a wary eye on what is going on in the world, and you can’t help but come up with a conclusion. It appears […] Read More

Until we moved when I was in the sixth grade, I lived diagonally across the street from our church and the parsonage. Our pastor and his wife and two daughters were our friends. I was in and out of his home and study often. I was always a welcomed guest. As a child growing up […] Read More

One normal yellow bus with green-and-white trim, all scrubbed and sparkling, sits parked in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Nearby are a collection of more than 125 notable vehicles of the 20th century in America, including a string of presidential limousines: Theodore Roosevelt’s horse-drawn brougham, the Lincoln Continental John F. Kennedy was riding […] Read More

Why are Baptists so often viewed as narrow, intolerant, politically naive and prone to internal warfare? “The reason is because for so long so many Baptists have worked so hard to exclude so many,” author John Grisham said Thursday in a message at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. Grisham contrasted his current church, […] Read More

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court made the re-segregation of U.S. public schools a strong possibility. Maddeningly, it did so in language drawn from the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, which outlawed school segregation and overturned the earlier Plessy v. Ferguson principle of “separate but equal” treatment of the races, a principle that […] Read More

Until the 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was the norm throughout the United States. In Topeka, Kan., a black third-grader named Linda Brown had to walk one mile to get to her black elementary school, even though a white elementary school was only seven blocks away. When her father attempted to register his daughter […] Read More

One of the greatest accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement focused on a desegregated education. Until the 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was the norm throughout the United States. In Topeka, Kan., a black third‑grader named Linda Brown had to walk one mile to get to her black elementary school, even though a white […] Read More