Barbara Rans

This week marks the 95th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist and suffrage advocate. Her career has some resonant lessons for contemporary politics. Read more

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This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as American deaths in Iraq exceed 3,000 and Iraqi casualties climb into the hundreds of thousands, we need to remember King's words of wisdom about the perils of war. Read more


Critics are touting the movie "Blood Diamond" as a part of a growing genre of socially conscious Hollywood productions. But the film's good message is drowned out by the many bad ones. Read more

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The selection of Trent Lott as Senate minority whip removes any illusion that the Republican Party has even the faintest commitment to racial justice. In fact, it's a slap in the face to all Americans who embrace the spirit of the civil rig... Read more


The selection of John Edwards as the Democratic vice presidential candidate is promising for African-Americans, but he should not be given a free pass. Read more


June 21, 2004, marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of three young civil-rights workers in Neshoba County, Miss. Read more

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