A month is never enough to celebrate the African-American contribution to our American Experience.
Commemorating the courageous actions and notable achievements of African-Americans in our nation's history can help us all gain a greater vision of the values that make America great. Looking toward the future, America must continue to celebrate those who have forged a way forward in liberty, justice, and compassion.
The hope I think we need is what I call a prophetic pessimism — a hope grounded in the lament tradition of prophecy that calls out the ills and systematic oppression facing society.
"Black women have always made Black history and continue to make Black history with spirit and grace. When Black women get free, we will all get free."
"A people's movement that reflects the demographic of our state and is willing to follow the leadership of people of color — that gives me hope that a Third Reconstruction is possible. We have the capacity to become the country we've not yet been."
"We need to change laws and efforts at justice, yes, but we also need to change vision and hearts so that when people see a young black child playing, they see just that — a child. Not a criminal or a threat. A child."
What is the one issue every community of faith should be addressing from the pulpit, the classroom, in the community, on social media and in the public square? Dismantling racism.
Recent Perspectives on Black History Month
I had a dream I met MLK for lunch and no one recognized him for who he was.
John Mark N. Reynolds
Is this a joke?
Without the Civil Rights movement and achievements for African Americans in the 1960s, my family along with thousands of other families from Sudan and other nations in Africa, would likely not have immigrated to the U.S. in the years that followed.
Tomorrow is indeed today. This history of the past must not only inspire us but inform us.
Islamic history is Black History and that history is transformative. We must learn from it to influence the present.
"My heart is in Cairo," declared Malik El-Shabazz (more commonly known as Malcolm X). "And I believe the more progressive relations [and] forces in the Muslim world are in Cairo."
Margari Aziza Hill
For me, embracing Islam meant cherishing the parts of me that society taught me to hate about myself.
Ideally, so-called minority history should be integrated throughout the syllabus and presented in context, but until that happens, we still need a special focus.
I feel like it's hypocritical to say that we're all the same, but then to self-segregate into little enclaves of society.
Black Twitter freaked out over Stacey Dash's comments. But she also has some surprising supporters.
Margari Hill Often
This month, I'm looking at the many women who were also part of our nation's freedom struggle.
A moment to consider Frederick Douglass' religious views.
Rather than "black lives matter," we should say "all lives matter." So why is this inappropriate? Actually, there are a number of reasons.
On the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death white Americans are again asked to confront the fact that our history of racism is very much present.
Paul Louis Metzger
We need to help our largely white congregations in places like Portland step inside Black people's shoes and see life as they do.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's series on racial justice, black history month and epiphany.
Remembering civil rights heroes recalls the importance of #BlackLivesMatter throughout US history, but who will today's heroes be?
As we observe Black History Month, lets look back at notable African-Americans who have broken through barriers to accomplish great things.
In Birmingham, Dr. King went to jail to help make the point that the pursuit of racial unity and justice is an essential part of the Christian mission.
John Markoe, S.J.: football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and a civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest.
While communities across America are telling neat and clean stories about the 1960s, most of the mainstream media is ignoring the biggest broad-based organizing effort in the South since that time.
Will we only speak the right words, or will we take up the challenge that Dr. King posed 51 years ago and live out the love, equality and justice that Christians are called to?
Had King lived to see the dire consequences of Roe v. Wade, the innocent children torn apart in the womb, he would have applied Aquinas’ logic to this most pressing societal ill.
Despite my forever admiration for my foremothers and fathers, I've realized that I have come to hate Black History Month.
Andre E. Johnson
I believe that if he walked on earth today in the flesh, Jesus would yell, "Black Lives Matter!" "Black Lives Matter!"
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day. Yesterday was also the day I told my six-year-old daughter that her great-great-grandfather was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Here are some inspiring glimpses from MLK day around the country.
Paul Louis Metzger
As we move forward with the exploration of the possibility of life on other planets, may we continue to explore the ethical implications of the fragility of life on this planet and how we must work to make it more inhabitable for people of all colors.
The Christian American pacifist seems to be anything but a resemblance of their Christ or His disciples.
Is Jesus okay with our "peace" that isn't peace?
J. R. Daniel Kirk
We remember that the world our God wants to create is a world of justice. We remember that we're not there yet.
King taught us that Justice and love go together.
If King were alive today, he would be celebrating his eighty-seventh birthday. His prophetic activism for peace and justice ended tragically early.
King and his movement taught people how to live courageously in a state of terror.