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University of Pennsylvania awards Du Bois honorary doctorate

Today would have been the 144th birthday of WEB Du Bois, the great scholar, civil rights and peace activist.

Anna Julia Cooper, 1858-1964: A fighter for equal rights for all

She was a leader in the fight for African American equality, women's equality and their rights in education, and for African Americans' and women's right to vote.

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The dream today

Forty-eight years after his "I Have a Dream" speech, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be furious.

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The ANC at 100

Its centenary is surely a cause for celebration and hope for all who cherish freedom, civil rights and democracy.

Herman Cain: Defense of bigotry, the ultra rich and the ultra right

Herman Cain's main role is to give a kind of seal of approval to the racism, and bigotry of the Republican Party and he does it well. And right-wing Republican audiences adore him.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth: A mighty tree for civil rights

Rev. Shuttlesworth's fingerprints are all over the history of the Civil Rights movement and his dogged determination to resist the powers of racism and inequality were legendary.

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An appreciation for Wangari Maathai, the leopard of Kenya

Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her leadership in Kenya's Green Belt Movement, died Sept. 25, 2011.

The new scramble for Africa

Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by one of the most conservative think tanks in the world?

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Why progressives should not support Ron Paul

Ron Paul has attracted a following that borders on cult-like, but his core policy positions should send progressives running.

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The Oprah Winfrey Show: union made

One phrase most entertainment reporters fail to mention about Oprah Winfrey's 25 years as the "queen of talk" is "union employer and member."

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