Portrait of the children involved in the landmark Civil Rights lawsuit 'Brown V. Board of Education,' which challenged the legality of American public school segregation, Topeka, Kansas, 1953. From front, Vicki Henderson, Donald Henderson, Linda Brown (the 'Brown' of the case's name), James Emanuel, Nancy Todd, and Katherine Carper. (Photo by Carl Iwasaki/Getty Images)

Attacks on Public Education Threaten the Legacy of Brown

By Avis Weathersbee

Brown turns 70 on May 17, but the vision of a robust and equitable public education system may yet be a dream deferred. Many education experts said the current wave of politicized offensives against a system already under stress pushes public schools toward a tipping point.

Women TranscendFormerly Incarcerated Women Stand Tall
and Show the Way to Collective Power-building

Untold stories of resilience, impact and transformation are illuminated in Women Transcend, Colorlines’ multimedia and storytelling initiative that disrupts deeply ingrained ideas and value systems around crime and punishment. The Women Transcend film and companion pieces reject harmful narratives that service systems of perpetual punishment, and challenge all of us to see those who are deemed “unredeemable” as guiding lights to systemic change and reform. The film was produced in collaboration with formerly incarcerated Black women activists and leaders.

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Breaking down big ideas about race, power, and democracy. View all explainers

Supreme Court Case on Affirmative Action, Explained

We asked our friends at the Advancement Project to help us understand what this case means for the future of affirmative action, what is at stake and what we can do. Watch as Carmen Daugherty, Deputy Executive Director, Advancement Project helps us place the case and the subsequent decision of the Court in historical and contemporary context. Watch now

What is Collective Power and How Do We Build It? An Explainer with Maurice Mitchell

Working Families Party National Director Maurice Mitchell explains the vitality of collective power. Watch now.

What is Healing Justice? An Explainer with Cara Page and Erica Woodland

Cara Page and Erica Woodard establish foundational contexts and principles for understanding Healing Justice as a political framework for collective liberation. Watch now.

Should Racial Justice Movements Give up on Government? An Explainer with Eric K. Ward

Race Forward Executive Vice President Eric K. Ward argues for the importance of incubating governance through formal institutions of government, as spaces that must be directly contested in order to achieve a truly inclusive, multiracial society. Watch now.

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Stories of our journeys through life and organizing. View all stories.

Finding Purpose and Power Where Darkness Lives: Cheryl Wilkins' Journey Through Incarceration

Cheryl Wilkins, co-founder and co-director at Columbia University’s Center for Justice, talks about her experience as a queer woman inside prison and "walking up" to the systemic reasons for incarceration. Watch now.

Courage is Contagious: Alejandra Gomez’s Organizing Journey

Alejandra Gomez, Executive Director of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), speaks about how the courage to exercise one’s voice against injustice can encourage others to enact theirs around a shared purpose, which over time can catalyze movement-building momentum that sustains for the long run. Watch now.

Something Miraculous: Sulma Arias Migration Journey

People’s Action Executive Director Sulma Arias shares her immigration story to illustrate how the powers of connection and compassion can create moments of transformation and belonging. Watch now.

How Georgia Youth Organize for Education Justice

Get inspired by the brilliance and power of members of the Georgia Youth Justice Coalition share their testimonies about how and why they organize. Watch now.

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Belonging and Radical Love in the Ballroom Community

Members of the Ballroom community convey stories of security and belonging. Watch now.

Community Conversations: Beyond the Vote

We gathered a group of brilliant seasoned organizers for a heartfelt conversation on what midterm election results could mean for our communities, and what gives us hope as we continue our fight for a just, multiracial democracy beyond the vote. Watch now.

How Government Can Deliver Lasting Racial Justice Wins

Members of Race Forward’s Government Alliance on Race and Equity (G.A.R.E.) discuss participatory democracy and co-governance: how structures of government are strategically necessary for translating power-building momentums into public policies. Watch now.

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Pushing Back Against The Rise of Christian Nationalism Through Faith with Obery Hendricks, Ph.D

On this episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, Obery Hendricks, Ph.D., one of the most influential Black biblical scholars writing today, and Race Forward’s Chief of Staff Charlene Sinclair, Ph.D.,  who herself fashions strategies that embrace a liberationist approach to faith and spirituality for racial and economic justice, discuss the immediacy of pushing back against the spread of Christian Nationalism and the urgency of creating narratives based on the gospel’s “true teachings” to reflect the ongoing political moment and fight for progressive policies that stay true to the bible’s "liberationist ideals".