Topic: Race

  • This Grammy-Award-winning artist’s new album, “spirityouall,” includes his interpretations of classic African-American spirituals as well as songs he composed. Through all of them he hears the influence of his father, Robert McFerrin, Sr., who was an operatic baritone. More

    August 9, 2013 | Comments (3)

  • “To me, just being is a religious experience. Just being is holy.” More

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  • When Sikhs began to restore their gurdwara in Oak Creek, “I saw the spirit of chardi kala, everlasting hope and optimism, in the community,” recalls activist Valarie Kaur. More

    July 26, 2013 | Comments (2)

  • “In more than 100 years of living and working in this country it was the first time the Sikh community entered national attention. It was the first time we stood in the national spotlight. It took a butchering for it to happen but it was a moment when the kind of love and support that was expressed was something that made Sikhs feel like they too were seen as fellow Americans.” More

    July 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

  • “I think at the core of the anger, the root of it was sadness. The verdict really said to young African American males that you don’t matter and so that sadness and that continued rejection by society then led to the anger that then led to some of the behavior we saw in the communities,” says Rev. Romal Tune, founder of Faith for Change. More

    July 19, 2013 | Comments (11)

  • “I call Dr. King a modern founder in the sense that he was doing just what Jefferson and Lincoln and the other American founders were doing in their most spiritual moments…which was to confront very stubborn forms of evil and subjugation and figure out a way to transform them into equal citizenship.” More

    June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • “Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind in the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again once you’ve been branded a felon,” says Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow.” More

    June 7, 2013 | Comments (6)

  • Watch more of our conversation with author Michelle Alexander about crime, the war on drugs, and the disproportionately high number of African-Americans in prison. More

    June 7, 2013 | Comments (5)

  • Her letters, papers, photographs, and library all remain inaccessible to the public, so historians and scholars are unable to tell her story in full. More

    February 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

  • Generations of African slaves found a powerful way of singing through suffering in spirituals that were rooted in biblical stories and images. More

    May 4, 2012 | Comments (4)

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