Tag Archives: Civil Rights

My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Jonathan Reckford, C.E.O., Leads Habitat for Humanity

New York, N.Y. I met Jonathan T.M. Reckford this fall when Habitat for Humanity International (LINK) invited several foundations, including the Ford Foundation and our own foundation to meet with him and hear about Habitat’s good works around the workd – and get involved. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter (right) and Habitat for Humanity International […]

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50 Years After Voting Rights Act, We Still Have Work to Do

By Barack Obama, President of the United States Washington, D.C.  Fifty years ago today, because of the sacrifice of countless men and women, that right was secured for more Americans. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law — breaking down legal barriers at the state and local level […]

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Peter Yarrow in Selma, Celebrating Jewish Civil Rights Contribution

Selma, AL.  Jews were a central part of the Civil Rights Movement, with leaders such as Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who spoke prior to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington in 1963, working side-by-side with the African-American leadership. Peter sings at Temple Mishkan in Selma, Alabama, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of […]

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All Same-Sex Married Couples in U.S. To Get Federal Tax Recognition

Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that when it comes to taxes, it will recognize same-sex couples’ marriages even if they live in a state that does not. The decision, which was prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, marks the latest political progress […]

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“Beyond Vietnam” – When King Spoke Truth Beyond Civil Rights

New York, N.Y.  Four years after American involvement in Vietnam began, King boldly issued his first statement against the war by calling for a negotiated peace settlement. His condemnation of the War garnered criticism from the government and some SCLC colleagues. Following advice to focus on civil rights instead, King decided to approach the issue […]

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Legacy of Frederick Douglass: Celebrating 175 Years of Abolition

New York, N.Y. When Frederick Douglass arrived in New York City on September 4, 1838, he could hardly have believed that, 175 years later, people from all over the world would know his name. Nor could he have believed that his descendants would be invited to the nation’s capital to celebrate his central role in […]

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Film on the Life & Times of Stonewall Veteran Storme DeLarverie

“If we turn our back, she will die.”  – Sam Bassett New York, N.Y.  Storme, a documentary by Sam Bassett based on the life and times of Stonewall Veteran Storme DeLarverie screened last week to a receptive audience in Manhattan.  Storme’s story has recently been featured by the New York Times and Huffington Post.  She is the Rosa Parks of […]

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Model To Monk, A Spiritual Journey Into Tibetan Buddhism

Memories of Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

Lions Clubs Brought A Christmas Miracle for Hundreds

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Fountain House Gallery Artists Make Magic at “Mad About Art”

This NYC Startup is Shaping the Next Generation of Young Leaders