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Sep 18th

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All children deserve teachers who care about them

All children deserve teachers who care about them"You see a lot of teachers judge and stigmatize their students based on where they come from. A lot of my teachers thought that since I was from the South End of Louisville and I grew up in Section 8 housing that I wasn't capable of doing all the things that I did, and the first time that I really felt like I was someone, it was the first time my fifth grade teacher actually pulled me to the side and said, 'What can I do for you to help you as a student?' And I ask my students that now. I pull them to the side and I say, 'What can I do as an adult to help you?'. . . I feel like every time I talk to someone, I should instill something in them, and I want that in return. And that happens just through treating people with love."
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Gloucester's rebellion: Another lesson about our character

Gloucester's rebellion: Another lesson about our characterThree hundred years before a multiracial coalition stormed Washington's National Mall to demand equal rights and economic justice, the working men of Gloucester County, Va., made a stand of their own based on class, not race. We often ask whether Martin Luther King Jr. would recognize the world in 2013, but it is equally valid to ask whether he would have recognized the world of 1663, when Black and White children of slaves and servants did play together in the tobacco fields.
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O'Reilly's view: Too blind to see

O'Reilly's view: Too blind to seeI was on a plane two weeks ago headed to California to visit my daughter when I first heard Bill O'Reilly's televised rant justifying the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

I watched as my fellow passengers, primarily white, received their daily dose of racial polarization. It was a very disturbing experience.
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"Where do we go from here?"

Child Watch

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the 'unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.' It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., address at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963
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After the March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the scourge of segregation, which meant that many who were driving had to carefully select the places they could stop and eat (actually most brought goodies from home) or relieve themselves. Despite obstacles, a quarter of a million people showed up in Washington, gathering peacefully and with dignity. As a result of the March, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 was passed with more than three-quarters of the House and Senate supporting both Acts.
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Invisible children

Invisible children"I would say that, well, obviously my high school didn't prepare me for college."
--Darryl Briggs, youth leader and college student
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Jackie Jackson: A mother's love

Jackie Jackson: A mother's loveOn Wednesday, Aug. 14, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was scheduled to be sentenced to prison in connection with using campaign funds for personal use. Dozens of letters were sent to the judge on his behalf, but none more touching than the one written by his mother, dated May 28.
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