In the days of the past, the black church served as a beacon of hope for the lost-soul seeking grace and mercy.
Mary McLeod Bethune's commitment to the advancement of black women and indeed all women makes her a true American hero.
Mariann Anderson, the great contralto, perhaps the most renowned of the 20th century, would have been 115 years old today.
Today would have been the 144th birthday of WEB Du Bois, the great scholar, civil rights and peace activist.
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.
Forty-eight years after his "I Have a Dream" speech, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be furious.
Its centenary is surely a cause for celebration and hope for all who cherish freedom, civil rights and democracy.
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. 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.
Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her leadership in Kenya's Green Belt Movement, died Sept. 25, 2011.