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The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II Calls on Graduating Students to “Get Up, Get Together, and Get Involved Tomorrow”

I have come today to issue both a caution and a call. And it is that you must graduate today, but get up, get together and get involved tomorrow.There are some that want to promote the lie that all is

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Religion activism American Society Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America The Third Reconstruction Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Revive Us Again

Graduation Gift Guide: 2019 “Future-Ready” Edition

With the diploma in hand and the graduation cap thrown jubilantly into the air, the question remains: What’s the next step? Graduation heralds new beginnings and transition. But where and how to start

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activism American Society white fragility Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America Science and Medicine Progressive Education Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Angela Saini Inferior Viktor Frankl Queer Perspectives The Miracle of Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh Adam Eichen Daring Democracy Man's Search for Meaning Frances Moore Lappé Charlene Carruthers Crystal Fleming How to Be Less Stupid About Race Robin DiAngelo Unapologetic Bettina L. Love Mark Warren Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out! Don't Knock the Hustle S. Craig Watkins Superior We Want to Do More Than Survive

Committing to Antiracist Love in Interracial Intimacy

By Crystal M. Fleming | I’m going to let you in on a dirty secret. Back when news first broke of Prince Harry dating biracial actress Meghan Markle, I became quietly obsessed. I knew it made no sense

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American Society Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America Crystal Fleming How to Be Less Stupid About Race

Respect the Innovative Hustle that Drove Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Campaign

By S. Craig Watkins | For more than a year Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had been waiting for this precise moment: 8:59 p.m., June 26, 2018. That was when the polls in her Democratic Party primary contest

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American Society Politics and Current Events Don't Knock the Hustle S. Craig Watkins

“Unplanned” Seeks to Terrify, Adds Nothing to Our Discussion About Abortion

By Rebecca Todd Peters | On Saturday, a close friend walked out of her local Catholic church with her family in protest of the priest’s blatantly propagandistic pro-life homily. Apparently, he was pra

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Religion Politics and Current Events Now More Than Ever Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Rebecca Todd Peters Trust Women