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https://youtu.be/PNqcxOiJ1lo David Wark Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation “was sold as a sensation and became one.” It was the first American blockbuster. It was the first film screened at the White House. President Woodrow Wilson said it was “like writing history with lightning.” It struck, then the crosses began
NEARLY 6 MILLION AMERICANS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS including incarceration are denied the opportunity to vote. Not only are these citizens legally prevented from voting, but the right to vote and democracy itself are incarcerated—behind bars of racially motivated, antebellum, and morally antiquated laws that affect voters across race, class, and
From the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast Hosted byThoko Moyo Produced byRalph RanalliSusan Hughes First there was the shock of realizing that the COVID-19 pandemic would be widespread and lengthy. Now issues of race, equity, and the coronavirus are quickly coming to the fore, as data pours in showing how the
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The crowds protesting California’s stay-at-home orders aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus have a litany of grievances: Open the beaches. Free the churches. End the tyranny of a governor who has gone too far.
Senior Fellow and Staff Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School, Devon Crawford, and longtime friend of Humanity in Action, Reverend Cornell Brooks, helped launched The Avant Guardian podcast series to honor William Monroe Trotter’s struggle for racial equity.
For centuries, the story of democracy in the United States has been about an expanding definition of citizenship and what an American looks like. Brooks encourages us to remember the art of conversation in an increasingly digital world and promotes removing obstacles to voting, even making voting a requirement.