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By Angelo Lopez on December 31, 2015

As I've been reading about the recent protests of the Black Lives Matter Movement, I began thinking of the older civil rights leaders who fought for African American rights in decades past. Last March 2015, one of the great civil rights leaders died. The Reverand Wille T. Barrow was a leader involved in the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and the consumer rights movement. In an obituary in the New York Times, Sam Roberts wrote about Reverand Barrow:

The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, who championed civil rights for minorities, women, gay people and consumers; opposed the war in Vietnam and apartheid; and mentored generations of community organizers, including a young Chicagoan named Barack Obama, died on Thursday at her home in Chicago. She was 90.

...Ms. Barrow organized her first civil rights demonstration when she was 12, protesting the fact that she and her fellow black students had to walk to school in her hometown in Texas while whites could ride the school bus. She went on to conduct sit-ins and boycotts with luminaries of the movement, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, and joined in the 1963 March on Washington and the protests two years later in Selma, Ala. More recently she voiced concern over gun violence and dilution of the Voting Rights Act.

...While Ms. Barrow mentored men and women alike, she was an unabashed feminist.

She learned by opening her home “to all of the powerful women in the movement — Coretta Scott King, Dorothy Height, Addie Wyatt,” she told The Chicago Sun-Times in 2012. “We have to teach this generation, train more Corettas, more Addies, more Dorothys."

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By Angelo Lopez on December 16, 2015

During the past few months, political figures like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been saying divisive language that has been scapegoating groups like immigrants, Muslims, LGBT individuals, and African Americans. They are exploiting the fears of many of the most partisan voters in the Republican primaries to gain votes. In the mid 20th century, there was an itinerant white southern Baptist preacher named Will D. Campbell who tried instead to reconcile the differences between the white and black communities and to reach out to the poor, the dispossessed, and the marginalized in southern society.

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By Angelo Lopez on December 13, 2015

I've been reading a lot about the growing partisan divide, and I've been as exasperated as many of my fellow liberals at Donald Trump's latest rantings. It got me thinking of two great television shows: "All in the Family" and "Family Ties". Both shows are premised on the idea that we can deeply care about friends and family members whose political opinions we deeply oppose. I've found this true in my own life. I'm a lifelong liberal Democrat, but in the course of my life I've had many close conservative friends and family members whom I deeply cared about. It hasn't stopped me from expressing my liberal views and it hasn't stopped them from expressing their conservative views, and we've gotten into many arguments. But for those friends and family members, the friendship is far more important than our political differences.

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By Angelo Lopez on December 8, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, which dealt with the relation of the church to non-Christian religions that transformed church doctrine about Jews and other faiths. Nostra Aetate originated from the realization of church reformers that the Roman Catholic Church's anti-semitic teachings may have indirectly aided in the Holocaust. After a decades long effort to change these anti-semitic Church teachings, Nostra Aetate succeeded in changing the Church's relationships with Jews as well as with Muslims, Buddhists and other religions. Now, with an increase in hostility towards Muslims, the spirit of Nostra Aetate has led the Roman Catholic Church to speak out against the growing Islamophobia in the United States and Europe.

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