What beats a trump card?

Sep 9, 2015 by and

While many have expressed genuine astonishment that Donald Trump has emerged as the Republican front-runner in the 2016 presidential race, those of immersed in the southern freedom struggle cannot pretend...

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Been down into the South

May 27, 2015 by

In 1961, when the Congress for Racial Equality planned a “freedom ride” through the South to test the integration of interstate transit, they were experimenting in nonviolent direct action — a radical...

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Dreams, deeds and the soul of Selma

Mar 9, 2015 by

Tens of thousands of Americans made the pilgrimage to Selma, Ala., March 7. They came to remember the sacrifices of everyday people who risked their lives to expand voting rights in this country. As President...

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The Lord will raise a prophet

Feb 5, 2015 by

I spent a few days this week away from my home in Durham, N.C., in another southern town, visiting with young people who’ve relocated to under-resourced neighborhoods there. They told me what they’ve...

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Acting like a state: ISIS, the U.S. and Jesus as Lord

Sep 22, 2014 by

Like most Americans, I’m horrified by each new story I read about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham). A friend who works in the region wrote weeks ago to tell me ISIS had taken Rutba, the Iraqi town...

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Go to hell

Jul 16, 2014 by

For every season, there is a message. “Do not be afraid.” “Let my people go.” “Take up your cross.” “I have a dream.” In America today, I’ve come to believe, God’s Word for us is, “Go to...

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Vincent Harding: A light shines in the darkness

May 21, 2014 by

Dr. Vincent Harding, great keeper of the Southern Freedom Movement flame, died May 19th. He was 82 years old. A graduate student in history during the late 1950s, Harding took an integrated road trip through...

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Martyr’s gift: What Martin Luther King died for

Apr 4, 2014 by

Fifty-six years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis, Tenn. In the Christian tradition, martyrs’ death days are their feast days, when we remember what they lived for by paying...

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Nonviolence for white people

Jan 10, 2013 by

Sometime in the mid-60s, when America’s black-led freedom movement was at the center of daily news, a white man asked Malcolm X why he did not accept and teach the nonviolence of Martin Luther King. Malcolm...

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