In 1851, attendees of a feminist convention gathered in a packed hall in Akron, Ohio. It was a time when — even in the midst of a fight for women's rights — mostly men spoke. They talked of dainty women — delicate and deserving of special protection.
Sojourner Truth sat in their midst. Miss Truth sat quiet, listening to men fill space with empty arguments about why women should or should not have the vote. Finally, she rose to speak and a visceral wall of hostility rose from the masses to greet her. The voice of this "n___ger woman" could muddy the message, they hissed. It could conflate the movement for women's equality with the abolitionist movement — and that would be the death of suffrage, they feared.
Ben Carson sparked outrage from his fellow Republican presidential candidates and members of the Muslim community after stating on Sunday that a Muslim man or woman should not be elected president of the United States.
"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," the retired neurosurgeon told NBC's "Meet the Press."
Carson further argued that Islam as a religion is incompatible with the American Constitution, and a presidential candidate's faith should be considered during the election. more >>
NEW YORK — The children are the future? Well, the future is now, according to Larry Acosta, founder and CEO of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to support and train Christians who are walking with and influencing the next generation of leaders.
The Urban Youth Workers Institute describes itself as "a national nonprofit organization that trains and resources urban youth workers to effectively evangelize and disciple youth in at-risk zip codes throughout the U.S." The UYWI's primary goal is "to engage 75,000 urban youth in life-changing discipleship with local youth workers by 2020."
A big part of moving that initiative along is the recently-unveiled Discipleship Toolkit, a free resource compiled of conversation-starting videos, leader guides and student handouts that include an introduction to the Gospel, discipleship support and apologetics resources. It also helps leaders track the progress of students in the areas of spirituality, self, family, community, and education. more >>
A new campus policy has been proposed at the University of California that seeks to limit freedom of speech so that students and faculty have the "right" to study or work "free from acts and expressions of intolerance."
The policy proposal, which has been deemed a "statement of principles against intolerance" was discussed by a committee of university regents on Thursday, and aims ban so-called intolerant speech, yet protect its students' and faculty's freedom of expression at the same time.
The policy defines intolerance as being "unwelcome conduct motivated by discrimination against, or hatred toward, other individuals or groups," and includes "acts of violence or intimidation, threats, harassment, hate speech, derogatory language reflecting stereotypes or prejudice, or inflammatory or derogatory use of culturally recognized symbols of hate, prejudice, or discrimination." more >>
Taraji P. Henson is nominated for an Emmy award and will find out if she's won the award for best lead actress in a drama next week. But instead of focusing on winning the honor for herself, the "Empire" actress is praying for more of a historical feat to happen.
Aside from Henson, 45, the "How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis is also nominated for the lead actress award, which means that one of the two could become the first African-American actress to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama.
"Here we are in 2015, and we're still saying things like, 'First African-American,' 'First woman this,'" she told Entertainment Weekly. "I just pray to God … and it's not even about me. I hope Viola wins. I hope I win. Just so we can get past this and we don't have to say in 2020 or 2030 or 3000, 'The first.'" more >>
St. Louis-based rapper and Christian activist Thi'sl addresses racial tensions in his latest album, Heavy is the Head, in which he criticizes Christians for turning their backs on the Great Commission by failing to share the Gospel with those who live in their own backyards — inner city youth.
Ignoring the plight of those living in the nation's inner cities only makes them more susceptible to being influenced by groups such as the Nation of Islam and New Black Panthers who claim that Christianity is the "white man's religion," Thi'sl said during an interview with The Christian Post.
"Everything in this world is either furthering the Gospel or trying to stop it," he continued, expressing his frustration over the Church's reaction to racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. more >>