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Immigration, Resurrection, And The Battle For The American Soul
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

'Don't Be Left Behind Now'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own. O ...

VIDEO: A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In remembrance of Pete Seeger In " Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir " ( Sojou ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...

Birmingham Before the Dream
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Rev. José Humphreys Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books. ...

Beyond the Dreamer
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to ...

Traveling While Sikh? There's an Updated App for Airport Profiling Complaints
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Sikh Coalition is updating a mobile app that allows travelers to report complaints about the Transportation Security Administration from the airport. The Sikh Coalition is upd ...

Religious, Civil Rights Groups Demand Investigation of NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday urging a civil rights investigation into a New York City Police Department ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

Change is Still Going to Come
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Looking back over five decades, the evidence is clear that everything has changed. We elected black mayors in the South and fought to end apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 ...

Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Obscure Its Critique
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never experienced Jim Crow or whites-only water fountains know the phrase “I have a dream.” But scholars say it wou ...

Sojo Stories: Marching Alongside a Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It may have taken a little bit of prodding — a little ‘you-want-me-to-do-what?’ and a lot of faith — but in the end, Congressman John Lewis agreed to go along with staffer Andrew Aydin’s out-of-the-box idea. T ...

Becoming Extremists for Love
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

If there was ever a fear that the church is splintered, apathetic or dull, the passion and unity on display at the “Why We Can’t Wait” May Revival on Pentecost Sunday earlier this month proved a direct contrad ...

Feisty Civil Rights Activist Will Campbell Dies at 88
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and folksy raconteur, died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88. ...

Remembering Will Campbell
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

[Will Campbell] confused his critics – first the Right and then the Left – by insisting that his soul did not belong to any team – racial, political, religious, cultural. It belonged to the Kingdom of God. The ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

Paved with Good Intentions
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as ...

50 Years Later, Recalling the Young ‘Foot Soldiers’ of the Civil Rights Struggle
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses, and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the ...

An Image Beloved, A Prophet Rejected
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago yesterday, Dr. King arrived in Memphis, Tenn., to support a sanitation workers’ strike seeking to unionize. He was assassinated the next day — the anniversary we today remember — and in a ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent G. Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIME ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

Alabama Civil Rights Site Declared National Historic Landmark
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous on Bloody Sunday, was declared at National Historic Landmark, along with 12 other sites, by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. ...

The Forgotten
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Immigration is not my problem — deportation, not my concern. My family will never be personally harmed by the injustices of a broken system. But I care about immigration reform because injustice is here. I car ...

Hearing Stories of the Past
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

I especially remember grandpa’s stories about his childhood on the family dairy farm in Greenville, S.C. in the 1920s. I liked to hear stories about the black folks who came and worked with him and his family ...

Congressman John Lewis Tells the Story of the March from Selma to Montgomery (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

Congressman John Lewis boarded my bus from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and this living testament to nonviolent activism told us his story. This past weekend, The Faith and Politi ...

Joe Biden, John Lewis, and the Long Road to Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

Vice President Joe Biden at Civil Rights landmark: "... it took me 48 years to get here." This year marks a long list of anniversaries in our nation's long march fo ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

On Scripture: We'll Walk Hand in Hand?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Some 12 million women, men, and children across these United States await with bated breath to see what political deals will be made to construct either a pathway to citizenship or pave a road to deportation h ...

Solidarity and Sustaining the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

The beloved community is a beautiful and fragile thing, but with God all things are possible. Editor's Note : This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Las ...

Rep. John Lewis’ wife, Lillian, dies
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Rep. John Lewis’ wife, Lillian, dies. Amidst the jubilation of the new year and a long awaited solution to the fiscal cliff crisis lies sad news: Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife o ...

Awful Leads to Wonderful
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

How was your last year? Wherever it fell in the 7-year farming cycle, please remember that your work is a seed in fallow ground that is bringing life to all people, regardless of color, nationality, socio-econ ...

Learning From Rep. John Lewis
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, interviews civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The Huffington Post 's Senior Religion Ed ...

BREAKING NEWS: Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Case
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post is reporting: Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin , a ...

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ultimate Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his now-famous speech at Riverside Church in New York City, declaring his opposition to the war in Vietnam. One year later -- 44 years ago ...

In St. Patrick's Footsteps: Humor and Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

We know very little for sure about Ireland’s patron saint, the embodiment of the spirit of the place where I was born and raised, and the reason many of us will be partying this weekend to remember a land wher ...

NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Extended Well Beyond New York
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police Department documenting "locations of concern" in Newark -- the city's 44 mosqu ...

Muslims Petition Attorney General for NYPD Probe
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

More than 30 Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks involving Mu ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Widow, Queen, Lover, Warrior; Faith in the Struggle; The Message; ‘Do Not Cast Me Away.’ Widow ...

Racial Jeopardy and American Politics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 3:58pm | Type: SojoMail

January 26, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "This is the first t ...

Racial Jeopardy and American Politics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

During a roundtable chat with a group of emerging young evangelical leaders recently, someone posed the question: “Has America become a post racial society?” Well, we haven’t had a race riot in a while — does ...

Immigration Reformer Scott Douglas Faces the Colbert Nation
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

On Monday's Colbert Report, Sojourners friend and Civil Rights activist Scott Douglas, discussed the overturn of Alabama's immigration law with host (and potential presidential candidate) Stephen Col ...

Martin Luther King Day: Healing Prayer and the Lies We Believe
Originally Posted: 01/16/2012 - 8:12pm | Type: Blog

Today we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — a man who called America to face the lies embedded in its soul. Have you ever heard of healing prayer ? Richard ...

Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

The death of Osama bin Laden is voted the No. 1 religion story of the year by the members of Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s premier association dedicated to helping journalists write about relig ...

Tom Wicker, 1926-2011
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Wicker was a meticulous reporter and a passionate advocate, so much so that he was sometimes criticized for overstepping the bounds of objectivity. I am one of those who still pre ...

The Morning Sojo: November 7, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. A round-up of recent Op-Ed columns from the mainstream media. Susan Straight , an author whose nove ...

#OccupySunday: Angela Davis Speaks at Occupy Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 10/31/2011 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page: According to the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook page : Civil Rights activist Angela Davis spoke to a crowd o ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

THE NATION: Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They're Not Going Away THE NATION : Where Are The Women At Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere-And They& ...

The Poor People's March and Occupy Wall Street
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

At the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, at least two speakers -- the Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, and the Rev. At the ...