Our democracy is broken.
The festivities for the commemoration of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have ended; the masses of people who flooded Memphis and Washington D.C. have gone home, but the question lingers overhead like a storm cloud … “Now what?”
This week, Winnie Madikizela Mandela will be laid to rest and honored at a state funeral in South Africa. To many, she was loved as the “Mother of the Nation” even in her final days. When the roll is called of freedom fighters who changed the world and made it better, the name Winnie Mandela will rank near the top of the list.
“Investing to support the launch and growth of Black-owned businesses could build wealth for individuals and their families, assist with closing the wealth gap, revitalize communities and contribute to an overall healthier economy, which benefits us all. To do so, thoughtful and innovative approaches are required to overcome the exponential effects of the interplay among the wealth gap, the credit gap and the trust gap. While challenging, this is worth striving for so that we can move one step closer to an inclusive economy.” – Association of Enterprise Opportunity, The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership In America
I first heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak in person on April 19, 1960, at Spelman College’s Sisters Chapel during my senior year in college.
Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, will host two political forums for the Runoff Election.
A cellphone video of a sheriff’s deputy fatally shooting an unarmed Black man shows the man wandering in a Houston street with his pants around his ankles and continuing to approach the deputy as the officer tells him to stop.
Jonathan Garland’s fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood.
The NAACP is spearheading a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Census Bureau and President Donald Trump, saying the federal government is unprepared for the 2020 Census, which will lead to a massive undercounting of African Americans.
Southwest Center Mall, formerly known as Redbird Mall, has called for help from Dallas city officials as plans for an outdoor multipurpose shopping area become solidified. After a series of ownership changes, local businessman Peter Brodsky took on the task to transform the Southern Dallas mall from a struggling retail chain to a thriving business September 2015.
The Southwest Black Art Show will present original art by artists of African descent, April 6 through 8 at the African American Museum, located in Historic Fair Park at 3536 Grand Ave. SWBAS was founded by artist Frank Frazier, along with a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Each year, artists compete for prizes.
“Raise Your Glass Dallas,” a Boho Chic garden party presented by Sociologie Wine. It will be held April 15 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas Discovery Gardens, located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dede McGuire of K104 FM’s Dede in the Morning show will serve as the event MC for the afternoon. “We are absolutely thrilled to present this premier spring wine-tasting event that will lift the community through cheers and celebration,” said Amy Hampton, founder of Sociologie Wine. “The day will be filled with wine, fashion and music, all while highlighting women-owned businesses and supporting charitable community partners and nonprofit organizations that benefit women and girls.”
In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid.
“When we foolishly maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, we sign the warrant for our own day of doom. It is this moral lag in our thing-oriented society that blinds us to the human reality around us and encourages us in the greed and the exploitation, which creates the sector of poverty in the midst of wealth. Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that Capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor both black and white, both here and abroad.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America.
Stephon Clark, a 22-year old African American father of two, is dead – police having shot at him 20 times, with 8 of those bullets hitting him, 6 in his back. Police were “in fear of their lives.” They thought he had a gun, but it turned out to be a cellphone.
In 1959, the late Dinah Washington (1924-1963) won a Grammy Award for her R&B hit song, What a Difference a Day Makes. The song tells the story of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life – for the better. Its last lyrics conclude, “The difference is you.”
Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as little as 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Of the 343 people killed in Baltimore last year, 295 died by gunfire, more than New York City or Los Angeles, cities with more than 10 times Baltimore’s population. Gun-related deaths accounted for 88 percent of the city’s homicides.
A protest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man briefly shut down a major California interstate highway and disrupted the start of an NBA game March 22.