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Searching for Equality in Indiana and Beyond

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | April 2, 2015

Throughout the history of our nation, many faith traditions have led on social issues. Religious leaders and faith-based communities played a critical role in the abolitionist movement, suffragist movement, and civil rights movement. Even today, there are vigorous and active communities of faith that speak out publicly to the issues of our time, from #blacklivesmatter … Continue reading »

Why aren’t blacks migrating like they used to?

Sandra Susan Smith, associate professor of sociology | February 24, 2015

In a recent publication in the journal Demography, Patrick Sharkey analyzed patterns of geographic migration of black and white families over four consecutive generations. In prior generations, the NYU sociologist observed patterns of migration consistent with conventional wisdom, with massive outflows of blacks from the South toward cities in the Northeast, Midwest, and eventually the … Continue reading »

King’s evolving Dream

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | January 17, 2014

It is that time to pause and think about the incredible life and contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., oftentimes referred to as MLK. He was named Michael King Jr. after his father — who later changed both their names to Martin Luther, in honor of the religious reformer. Like many icons, … Continue reading »

Dallas 1963 and the culture of fear

Jonathan Simon, professor of law | November 25, 2013

Today Americans in many large cities are experiencing levels of homicide last experienced in the mid-1950s. This is the result of a crime decline across the country that began in the early 1990s, when homicide levels were twice has high (or higher). When you look at homicides on a graph, this steep decline marks the … Continue reading »

The new Southern strategy

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | January 30, 2013

When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he told an aide that Democrats had “lost the South for a generation,” anticipating a white backlash in the South. Since the end of Reconstruction, the South had been dominated by the Democratic Party. The national party’s efforts to promote civil rights at the national … Continue reading »

Human Rights Day: How social video changes the game for advocacy and accountability

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | December 4, 2012

December 10 marks Human Rights Day, commemorating the U.N.’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Durable protection of human rights requires institutional frameworks and the rule of law. But with the rise of social media — together with cameras now standard in mobile devices — citizens are gaining tools to bring … Continue reading »

Civil rights today: The landmark fair-housing case Adkins v. Morgan Stanley

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | October 18, 2012

On Monday (Oct. 15, 2012) the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley in what may become the most important civil rights case in a generation.  If successful, the implications of this suit are profound and the impact could be staggering, both in addressing the damages suffered by devastated communities as a … Continue reading »