‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin


(RNS) — Fifty-six years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of clergy and laypeople on a 54-mile voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital of Alabama. On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead a similar contingent on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to … Read more

Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ documentary captures emotions of 1969 Harlem music fest


(RNS) — Black gospel music is often portrayed as uplifting, an expression of joy in faith. But Questlove, the director of a new documentary about a pathbreaking Harlem music festival that took place over six weeks in the summer of 1969, said there is another side to gospel that is no less a release. “There … Read more

Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin


WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Poor People’s Campaign co-chair the Rev. William Barber II were among several civil rights and religious activists arrested at a protest outside the U.S. Senate on Wednesday (June 23), where demonstrators demanded West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other lawmakers abolish the filibuster and pass voting rights … Read more