Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda at the inauguration of former South African president Thabo Mbeki in 2004.
Kaunda will be remembered as a giant of 20th century African nationalism – a leader who gave refuge to revolutionary movements, a relatively benign autocrat and an international diplomat.
Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, during his March Against Fear.
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Meredith is a civil rights hero who doesn’t fit neatly into political categories. He espouses conservative ideas, yet he proclaims a radical mission to destroy white supremacy.
Resurrection of Christ depicted in 14th-century fresco in Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Some among the Baptist movement interpret the Resurrection as God’s response and commitment to liberating the poor and the oppressed.
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana.
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In a rare series of interviews, the late Ghanaian leader spoke of how the country’s slave trade was revisited as a vehicle for economic development.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr..
US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching from his pulpit in 1960 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The church has played a vital role in America’s civil rights struggle. It was the spiritual home to MLK, to the generations that shaped the vision of the late civil rights leader, and now to Sen. Raphael Warnock.
In Atlanta, people gather to dance and celebrate the election of Joe Biden as the next president.
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A set of efforts that registered 800,000 new voters since 2018 may have been the key to Georgia turning blue in a presidential election for the first time since 1992.
Volunteers outside the Christian Cultural Center in New York register new voters as part of the ‘Souls to the Polls’ initiative.
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From the civil rights era to the 2020 election, Black Churches have been at the forefront of encouraging voter registration – and fighting voter suppression.
Richard Nixon, celebrating his election on Nov. 7, 1968, campaigned against a backdrop of racial inequality, civic unrest and polarized politics.
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There are similarities between the law-and-order language used by the 1968 and 2020 presidential candidates and the racial tension and political polarization both years. But much is different.
Masks Up, Surf City, banner campaign in Huntington Beach, Calif.
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Many of us believe that outrage is an appropriate response to what appears to be a selfishly motivated refusal to wear a mask, but is it?
Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the March in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.
As British journalist and author, Reni Eddo-Lodge, writes, the US civil rights movement too often becomes “the story of the struggle against racism”.
Many films that address race end up lulling audiences into complacency.
Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn’t happen too quickly.
John Lewis linked arms with religious leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, while marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
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From the earliest days of the civil rights struggle, Black religious leaders have infused the fight for justice with spirituality. Rep. Lewis and Rev. Vivian are no exception.
Demonstrators march in the Black Mamas March to protest police brutality, June 27, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Some lament that today’s anti-racism movement has no charismatic leaders like the civil rights era did. Such comparisons don’t reflect the real history of the struggle for Black equality in the US.
A group of sharecroppers, evicted from their land in the Great Depression, stand beside a Missouri road in January 1939.
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In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks outside of the St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square on June 14, 2020.
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From the earliest days of the anti-slavery movement, Black religious leaders have infused the fight for civil rights with spirituality.
Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Protests over police violence and white supremacy have erupted in almost 600 US cities. A historian of black social movements says what’s happened after George Floyd’s death is unprecedented.
A protester holds a sign showing a black US flag during a demonstration in Denver, Colorado, on May 31, 2020.
That George Floyd died at the hands of four police officers is uncontested, but interpretations of his death and its aftermath differ greatly. The result is two starkly opposed narratives.
Mourning in Minneapolis: Terrence Floyd at a vigil for his brother George Floyd on the spot where he died in police custody.
By filming everyday acts of racism, today’s Black Lives Matters activists are using an old strategy in a new media age.
Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland.
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Understanding how unrest informed both early Christianity and the foundational stories of the United States can serve as a guide in this current period of turmoil.