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BY Miguel Clark Mallet December 06, 2016

A writer contemplates the hubris at the heart of the American experiment, and the painful but possible path that leads to our nation’s redemption.

BY Omid Safi December 02, 2016

In our pursuit of justice, we must cling to what illuminates the darkness and keep the pain and indignation that fuel us from hardening to hatred.

BY Vincent Harding November 07, 2016

We are not the America we aspire to, yet. A rumination on the words and spirit of Langston Hughes, who inspires and impels us across the decades to make that America be.

BY Omid Safi November 03, 2016

Accepting dark realities and difficult truths doesn’t negate love for our country. An appeal for choosing American aspiration over American pride, so that we might grow into the nation we want to be.

BY Trent Gilliss August 23, 2016

Profound moments of wisdom and change are often found in the interstitial spaces: in an exchange overlooked, in stories not shared. A collection of unexpected moments of beauty, curated by our executive editor.

BY Riccardo Gazzaniga August 18, 2016

An Italian writer pays tribute to the story of the little-known Australian sprinter who was on the podium that day in 1968 in Mexico City for the Olympic medals ceremony. A closer look at an iconic public stand for human rights reveals a heartening, surprising story of alliance and brotherhood.

BY Krista Tippett August 16, 2016

For legendary civil rights leader John Lewis, the most powerful path to the beloved community is to live as if it were already our reality. Listen to his conversation with Krista from our podcast Becoming Wise.

BY Omid Safi August 11, 2016

The strength of spirituality lies in the just action it inspires. Omid Safi points to faith as inextricable from the work of bringing about a community of equity and love.

BY Trent Gilliss August 09, 2016

Essential celebrations of the strength and beauty that surround us, from new life and community to the poetry of words and images.

BY Vincent Harding August 02, 2016

The late historian Vincent Harding explores the potent and challenging spirituality shared by two fathers of the movement for civil rights.

BY john a. powell July 29, 2016

We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in our history. What kind of path will we choose to forge ahead? john powell calls us to reform old narratives of oppression, violence, and exclusion into something hopeful and new.

BY Trent Gilliss July 19, 2016

Our days have been marked by pain and gaps in understanding. The enduring presence of kindness, mercy, poise, and the beauty of music provide guidance in harrowing times.

BY Trent Gilliss July 12, 2016

After arriving in the U.S. in the 1930s, Albert Einstein witnessed the inequities and injustices done to black Americans. Read his little-known essay from 1946 about the "deeply entrenched evil" as he saw it then, and that pervades this country today.

BY Broderick Greer February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday is often understood as an opportunity to engage in the practice of personal improvement. But, what if it were used to look outward and create a more just, merciful society rather than ending with our hearts?

BY Omid Safi June 25, 2015

We are in need of a new vision and visionaries who remind us not of the “greatness” of America, but of its goodness writes Omid Safi. A call for forgiveness, but one that's rooted in love and justice — and for an America that is yet to be.

BY Omid Safi March 20, 2015

The spring festival of Nowruz and an invitation from the First Lady allow our columnist to see the White House as “the people’s house” and a place that honors the diversity — and promise — of America.

BY Omid Safi March 12, 2015

Fifty years since the historic march on Selma, Omid Safi calls for an inclusive justice for all people — and welcomes Muslim voices to be full democratic participants — so we can cross that bridge together.

BY Mariah Helgeson March 10, 2015

Join us at 10:00 am this morning for a live video stream of Krista's conversation with john a. powell, one of the most revered thinkers on race today. We'll be taking your questions online too!

BY Omid Safi February 21, 2015

Today marks 50 years since Malcolm X’s assassination in 1965. A call to see the relevance of Malcolm’s fierce, radical critique and draw inspiration for today's world.

BY Ebele Mogo February 01, 2015

A young woman of Nigerian descent grew up thinking of Dr. King as "distant American hero." On this first day of Black History Month, she shares how she came to understand this American icon differently — and how his complex + contradictory human side creates an opening for all of us to be heroic, and not perfect.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 29, 2014

With the elections next week, a story of forgiveness and redemption from a civil rights legend.

BY Lucas Johnson May 25, 2014

A young preacher remembers the legendary Vincent Harding and "his gift of sight to help us see ourselves and each other."

BY Trent Gilliss January 18, 2014

As MLK Day approaches, a bit of creative inspiration infuses his iconic "I Have a Dream..." speech. Watch this video remix and be inspired.

BY Trent Gilliss December 12, 2013

Watch a recording of our live video stream with Rev. Lucas Johnson and Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. The topic: nonviolence and how social change happens. A riveting hour story and substance.

BY April 01, 2013

What morsels of wisdom would you like to see captured from our show with Congressman Lewis? Tell us about it.

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