“I believe that the odds were stacked against me from the day I was born. She was never really a mother to me. She was never around,” said Bethany, a Washington, D.C., student born to a mother struggling with addiction.
In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens contrasted the plight of the poor in France with the lavish wealth of the aristocracy, the city of need with the city of greed. That harsh exploitation eventually erupted in the French Revolution and the brutal revenge of the revolutionaries on their former oppressors.
During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the courageous women in our history who have marched, organized and advanced the promise of equality, including such giants as Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells and others who are forgotten in the suffragist movement that helped win the fight for women’s right to vote.
“Do you ask what we can do? Unite and build a store of your own. Do you ask where is the money? We have spent more than enough for nonsense.” – Maria Stewart
An old adage teaches, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In recent months, the troubled Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools tried and lost two legal attempts to recover eligibility for federal education funds.
Whenever I have watched movies having to do with race and specifically, Black people trying to get justice in a White world, what has bothered me most has been the smugness of law enforcement officers as they circumvent and avoid the quest for justice, saying that there really isn’t anything they can do.
Most Americans today have no concept of the terror generated by polio throughout the first half of the 20th century. During epidemics, newspapers and magazines displayed adorable children struggling to walk in braces or entombed in iron lungs, but the disease mostly fell off the national radar after it was eliminated from the country in 1979. In the past few years, however, polio has begun creeping back into headlines.
The portrayal of African Americans in television and movies has always been instrumental in shaping the household of Black families. From Hattie McDaniels to Viola Davis, positive representation of Black Americans has been a long-standing fight against stereotypical roles.
Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama – the first African American to hold the position – was presented with the inaugural James C. Belt Life Time Achievement Award Feb. 25. The ceremony took place during an Honors Brunch presented by the United Methodist Men of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, the home church of Belt for 40 years, on the Paul Quinn College campus.
The first sweeping police overhaul proposed in Texas following a Black woman’s 2015 death in jail after a confrontational traffic stop would revamp racial profiling laws and officer training – measures that one law enforcement group derided March 2 as misguided, and another said was financially problematic.
House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a package that would scale back the government’s role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured.
Two police commanders in Texas have been temporarily replaced as investigators determine who leaked police video and other material in the controversial arrest of a Black woman and her daughters by a White Fort Worth police officer.
The brilliant lawyer and author of the critically important book Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson said, “We have to judge how we’re doing in America, not by looking at how we treat the rich and the popular and the famous.
March 7 marked the 52nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the historic march and shocking police riot in Selma, Alabama, that helped build public support for passage of the Voting Rights Act.
At the onset of President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump painted Mexican immigrants with a broad and nefarious brush, demonizing them as aggravated felons whose crimes include murder, drug and illegal firearm trafficking, and rape.
When future generations read the history of the nation’s first Black president, I believe there will be greater acknowledgement of his administration’s significant accomplishments. For now, however, an undeniable strategic war is underway to dismantle the very progress President Obama achieved.
Police and community members in Lake Stevens, Washington, are being careful about calling the death of 18-year-old Ben Keita a lynching.
March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals across the nation and in other countries as well. It’s time for reflection.
Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported 56 mumps cases in Dallas County since January
Chances are your routine checkup involves height, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, but if you’ve never had your cardiorespiratory fitness assessed, add that to the list, advised Dr. Benjamin Levine, a Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Director of the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medical, jointly run by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources.