My 10 Favorite History Books of 2017

After reading dozens of U.S. history books for my PhD coursework this year, I…


In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

NOTE: This article originally appeared in "Opinion" section of the New York…


Tolerance for Racism Paved the Way for the Moral Bankruptcy of This Moment

The credible sexual abuse allegations leveled at political leaders keep coming.…


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How the Protestant Reformation led to Martin Luther King, Jr.

This article originally appeared on The Washington Post news…


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Singin’ Us to Glory: The Life and Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

On August 31, 1962, a group of young African Americans involved in the Civil…


Martin Luther King's Eulogy of the Four Girls Killed in a Birmingham Church Bombing

September 16, 1963 brought news of one of the most horrific acts of hate and…


The Misunderstood Dream: A Reflection On the Anniversary of King's "I Have A Dream" Speech

August 28 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic speeches in American…


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Reject Overt and COVERT White Supremacy

Overt expressions of White Supremacy engulfed Charlottesville this past…


How Should You Celebrate the Fourth of July? Make Juneteenth a National Holiday.

For most minorities, especially African Americans, "Independence" Day always…


Emmett Till and Erasing the Reality of Racism

Note: This article originally appeared in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.An Emmett…


The Orphans of Broken Justice

30-year-old Charleena Lyles had 3 children (ages 11, 4, and 1), and was…


Revisiting the Theology of the Negro Spiritual

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month. We pay tribute to the legacy…


Suggested Resources on Race and our History for the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley

This compiliation was originally posted on Ligon Duncan's personal blog. You…


What Is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United…


SBC17 and the Myth of Progress

Two nights ago, there was a buzz over the news that a resolution to condemn…


"Turn Me Loose!": The Assassination of Medgar Evers

The bullet that killed Medgar Evers didn’t stop in his chest. It ripped through…


"I'm Not Backing Off": Racism and the Undefeatable Faith of Fannie Lou Hamer

June 9 marks a grim anniversary in the history of civil rights. On that date in…


The Bible or the Bullet: James Meredith and the March Against Fear

James Meredith has always been his own man. You have to be if you’re going to…


The NMAAHC and the Risk of Rightly Remembering the Past

On Wednesday, May 31st, someone left a noose on the floor of the National…


We Return Fighting: How Memorial Day Can Mean Something Different for African American Soldiers

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. By setting aside a time to recall…