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Poor People’s Campaign Redux, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

By Joseph Rosenbloom: As a graduate student at Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pennsylvania, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote about the social ill of poverty and vowed to do something about it. He

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History activism Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Martin Luther King, Jr. Redemption Joseph Rosenbloom

My Very First Green Card

By José Orduña: When I was ten my dad gave me my first wallet—it was green, with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the outside. Then he handed me my identification card, my first green card, which w

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activism American Society Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America Biography and Memoir Literature and the Arts José Orduña The Weight of Shadows

“Trans Troops Disrupt Military Readiness” and Other Busted Myths about Transgender People

By Laura A. Jacobs: MYTH: Incorporating transgender people into the armed forces will cause upheaval, inhibit camaraderie, and be a financial burden. REALITY: This would be interesting to study if it

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American Society Politics and Current Events Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Queer Perspectives Laura A. Jacobs You're in the Wrong Bathroom

Nine Radical Facts about Abolitionist Quaker Dwarf Benjamin Lay

He sounds like a fascinating nonfiction character—too quirky to be true—but radical Quaker dwarf Benjamin Lay truly lived, and historian Marcus Rediker has brought his virtually unknown story to life

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Religion History Biography and Memoir Marcus Rediker The Fearless Benjamin Lay

My Debut Year: Standing in My Truth

By Lynn Hall: Publishing Caged Eyes has changed the surface of my life as dramatically as the events of the actual memoir. When you stand in your authentic truth, powerful things happen—hard things, s

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Biography and Memoir Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Caged Eyes Lynn Hall