Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway (feat. Bhi Bhiman) (Official Audio)

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Rhiannon Giddens performs The Staple Singers tune “Freedom Highway,” with Bhi Bhiman. It’s the title track to her 2017 album. Get it now:


“I am a daughter of the South; of the white working class, of the black working class; of the Democrat, and the Republican; of the gay, and the straight; and I can tell you one thing—we are far more alike than we are different. We cannot let hate divide us; we cannot let ignorance diminish us; we cannot let those whose greed fills their every waking hour take our country from us. They can’t take U.S. from US—unless we let them. I recorded this with Bhi Bhiman, all-American singer-songwriter from St. Louis, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. America’s strength are her people, whether they came 4,000, 400, or 40 years ago, and we can’t leave anyone behind. Let’s walk down Freedom Highway together. Written by Pops Staples in 1965.” —Rhiannon

Freedom Highway

March down freedom highway
Marching each and every day

Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around

There is just one thing
I can’t understand my friend
Why some folks think freedom
Is not designed for all men

There are so many people
Living their lives perplexed
Wondering in their mind
What’s gonna happen next

That’s why we’re gonna
March down freedom highway
Marching each and every day

Made up my mind that I won’t turn around
Made up my mind that I won’t turn around

Found dead people in the forest
Tallahatchie River and lakes
The whole world was wondering
What’s wrong with the United States

Yes, we want peace
If it can be found
Marching the freedom highway
We’re not gonna turn around

That’s why we’re gonna
March down freedom highway
Marching each and every day
Made up my mind

JFK and LBJ: A Time for Greatness

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In many ways, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the most unlikely champion of Civil Rights. But his actions in the White House told a different story when he dared to champion two laws that changed America and the world—the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, fifty years later, JFK and LBJ: A Time for Greatness sheds light on the fascinating story of a president who knew how to harness the nation’s grief over John F. Kennedy’s assassination, twist arms, and get his way. The film includes rarely seen footage, secret White House tapes, and personal testimony from LBJ’s advisors, biographers, friends, and family.

#HumanToo: Equity for Women in the #MeToo Era

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Yale panel will explore the emerging new understanding of gender-based violence and harassment and their effect on their (mostly) female survivors, while considering how the best of our philosophies and theologies can set a new trajectory toward a healthy, humane, and equitable culture around gender and power. The panelists are:

Kaji Douša ‘06 M.Div., Senior Pastor at Park Avenue Christian Church, New York City

Serene Jones ‘85 M.Div., ’91 Ph.D., President of Union Theological Seminary and former Yale Divinity School professor

Galen Sherwin ‘94 B.A., Senior Staff Attorney at the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU (moderator)

Carmelyn P. Malalis ‘96 B.A., Chair and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights

Josef Sorett, Associate Professor in the Religion Department and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice

The event took place on September 26, 2018 at the Yale Club of New York City.

16th St. Baptist Church Bombing – 1963 | Today In History | 15 Sept 17

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On September 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

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Montgomery Alabama – Birth of the Civil Rights Movement

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Experience where Dr Martin Luther King Jr began his civil rights work at Dexter Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, just one block away from where the Confederate Congress met. The Alabama State Capitol Building is also where the Selma March ended.

“March” With Congressman John Lewis

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UW students had the special opportunity to hear from U.S. Congressman and American civil rights icon John Lewis at Meany Hall on the UW Seattle campus, February 23, 2017.

Representative Lewis and the co-authors of his new graphic novel, “March,” delivered inspirational talks about the purpose of activism and how they captured stories about the movement that changed our nation.

Representative Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and widely known for his role in the Civil Rights movement. The three volumes of “March” capture the events of his life: organizing sit-ins, protesting the segregation of lunch counters in Nashville and taking part in the 1963 March on Washington, of which he is the sole surviving speaker.

Congressman John Lewis, Georgia’s 5th District
Ana Mari Cauce, President, UW
Rickey Hall, Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, UW
Andrew Aydin, author, digital director and policy advisor to John Lewis
Nate Powell, graphic novelist, illustrator
Craig Sims, lawyer, Bergman Draper Ladenberg


DC Students Pay Tribute to 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing

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Fifty years ago, the racially motivated bombing of an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama killed four little girls. The attack became a milestone in the American civil rights movement and galvanized support for the equal rights campaign. Chris Simkins reports.

50 years ago, Baptist church bombing shakes nation

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Tonight, a few lives remembered from the Civil Rights era. They would have been in their early 60’s now — grandmothers, perhaps. Denise McNail, Carol Robertson, Addie May Collins and Cynthia Wesley were killed 50 years ago today in one of the worst acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. Also remembered tonight, Demetrius Newton, a Civil Rights attorney and Alabama legislator.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast (1).wmv

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A breakfast and lunch program to celebrate the accomplishments of Rev. Martin Lutther King Jr. at the hitorical St. James AME church in Columbus, Georgia

Anchorage Baptist Temple: United in Jesus Christ

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Celebrating their 38th Pastoral Anniversary, the Anchorage Baptist Temple begins with a song that needed a montage. This is a blending of Jerry Prevo, his church, his brethren, and the battle for equal rights in Anchorage Alaska over the summer of 2009.

Martin Luther King, Jr. His Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama

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Here is a brief tour of Montgomery’s downtown, a city filled with American history. Here you can tour Martin Luther King”s Baptist Church, walk on the steps of those who marched from Selma to Montgomery, witness the Capitol, etc. Unfortunately the day was overcast. Enjoy.
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Rap Critic: JAY-Z – The Story of O.J.

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Rap Critic looks at Jay-Z going in a… different direction with his latest video with “The Story of O.J”.

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Lawton Churches Offer Support to Muslim Community After Hate Crime

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Local church leaders across the city met on Saturday to show support for the Muslim community in Lawton. This is after the pig-dumping hate crime incident outside the Islamic Center in Lawton earlier this week

As we told you Thursday, surveillance footage shows a pig falling off the back of a pickup truck that had pulled up to the center sometime Tuesday night. The incident is considered offensive to Muslims, because members of the Islamic faith are forbidden to eat pork according the Qur’an.

Dr. Hassan Ahmed, Director of the Islamic Center of Lawton says it’s overwhelming how much support they’ve received since this incident.

“Let’s continue this kind of discussion into faith and let’s be together in all times,” said Ahmed. “Whoever did what they did, we are here to forgive them, to educate and welcome them.”

The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations–or CAIR– is now calling on the F-B-I to investigate this hate crime.