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12 posts from August 2014

Michael K. Honey, a lifelong follower of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on how following the way of Dr. King has led him to a better, more meaningful and engaged life. Honey is the editor of "All Labor Has Dignity", a collection of King's speeches on Labor. Read more →

Many have cast the young protesters in Ferguson, MO, as dangerous and reckless and not living up to the legacy of the civil rights movement. In fact, according to Jeanne Theoharis, they are following in the footsteps of civil rights icon and lifelong activist Rosa Parks. Read more →

On the 175th anniversary of The Amistad's capture, historian Marcus Rediker takes us back to a time when the idea of “black pirates” would ignite the imagination of early America and take these 53 Africans on a journey from the holds of a slave ship to the halls of the Supreme Court and beyond. Read more →

Immigration expert Aviva Chomsky reveals the true history behind the mass migration of undocumented Central American children to the US. Chomsky is the author of several books, most recently 'Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.' Read more →

Whether you’re an educator, activist, administrator, parent, or socially-engaged citizen, here are five progressive education titles to put on your personal syllabus this fall. Read more →

Historian Marcus Rediker—author of the new book 'Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail—discusses the surreal and evocative paintings of Haitian artist Frantz Zéphirin, whose intricate work combines vodou, politics, and history. Read more →

Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald chronicle the dangers and alarming consequences from contamination at fracking sites in their meticulously researched new book, 'The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food.' Read more →

For the 90th anniversary of his birth, we remember the miracle and the conundrum of James Baldwin: the teen preacher turned humanist; the resolutely American expatriate; the voice of rationality for a generation on the edge of revolt; a probing intelligence, unsatisfied by facile or convenient truths. Baldwin was never easy to place in a box, which is exactly why he remains so important to us today. Read more →