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The Missing Songs of “Selma”

I loved the emotional Civil Rights movie, but it left out the real sounds of its story.

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When Your Blond-Haired Daughter Asks to Be Rosa Parks in the School Play

I’m grateful that my eight-year-old daughter is teaching me what it means to love beyond reason.

Demand Justice for Fast Food Workers

Our economy of low wages and corporate greed is not what God intends for human life.

Methodist court to consider growing opposition to gay ban

RNS () — The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the … Continued

50 years after 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, victims still hold onto stained glass hope

From left, Lisa McNair, sister of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victim Denise McNair, and Reps. Terri A. Sewell, Spencer … Continued

Birmingham church bombing recalled with donation, medal

WASHINGTON — They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds … Continued

Crowds recall the faith that animated MLK’s unfinished dream

WASHINGTON — Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, … Continued

Memories of the March: 10 voices recall 1963 March on Washington

WASHINGTON — Religion News Service asked participants in the 1963 March on Washington to reflect on their lasting memories of … Continued

Civil Rights leaders lift up prayers marking March on Washington

They stood side by side in Mount Airy Baptist Church in Northwest Wednesday night, the aging Civil Rights leaders and … Continued

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ‘63 march

RNS () — For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to … Continued

Black clergy divided over GLBT as civil rights issue

Gay men and lesbians will be represented in the coalition of groups marching this weekend in commemoration of the 1963 … Continued

‘The Butler’ shows the determination of unselfish love

The little boy watched his mother’s madness and his father’s murder. An old white woman takes him from her cotton … Continued

D.C. church recalls real butler as quiet man of steady faith

WASHINGTON — Eugene Allen served eight presidents as a White House butler, and his legendary career is the inspiration for … Continued

Drones in Yemen: Fear as foreign policy

Reuters photo The Obama administration has authorized stepped up drone attacks in Yemen that have pounded “suspected militants” in that … Continued

Pealing bells to mark 50 years since MLK’s rousing speech

ATLANTA — The King Center is urging communities around the world to participate in a bell-ringing ceremony next month to … Continued

MLK memorial gets a faithful re-write

Aug. 22, 2011James “Plunky” Branch plays the soprano saxophone in silent tribute at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Branch … Continued

Whatever happened to the wrath of God?

Talk about the “wrath of God” kindles all sorts of images in the minds of contemporary Americans. Some immediately think … Continued

For most Americans, gay equality trumps religious objections

Same-sex marriage supporter Vin Testa of the District waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Bill O’Leary / … Continued

COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control

Racism remains a dark, durable — and seemingly intractable — element of the American personality. Predictably, the trial of George … Continued

Triumph and tragedy at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/BLOOMBERG ) For those of us in the faith community, this past … Continued