One person can make a difference

Taylor Toynes, a first year teacher at W.W. Bushman Elementary School in Oak Cliff, was alarmed that his students did not have school supplies last year. They didn’t have backpacks or if they did they were torn and stunk.

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service

Horace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee, into a family of privilege. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was a noted educator who served as president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where such notables as ...

In remembrance of Julian Bond

As our nation mourns the passing of one of its most prolific civil rights activists, Julian Bond, I am reminded of the transformational changes shepherded by this American hero whose life was devoted to enhancing the social, political and economic ...

Another chapter in Texas’ voter ID saga

Last week’s ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals marks a victory for many like myself who have said since 2011 that the voter ID law passed by the Texas Legislature that year was discriminatory. In the struggle ...

Saddened by death of Julian Bond, champion for justice

The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply. America has lost a true and still vital champion for justice. President Obama, hailing Bond as a hero and a friend, noted that “Julian Bond helped ...

#BlackLivesMatter movement prioritizes life of African Americans

Nineteen-year-old Zachary Hammond was sitting in a Hardee’s parking lot in his hometown of Seneca, South Carolina, on a first date. An undercover agent had arranged to buy marijuana from his date and had lured her to the parking lot. ...

Keeping Black boys alive: Channeling the rage

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black males has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: Just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by ...

Republicans ignore anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act fell on the same day that Fox News hosted two Republican presidential debates (Aug. 6). But the landmark legislation was never mentioned by the questioners nor the candidates. And ...

We must do more to close achievement gap

Thousands of pages have been written about the achievement gap – the fact that White kids score higher than either Black or Latino kids who sometimes sit right next to them in classrooms.

You are the key to advancement, empowerment

With as much meaningless and non-redeeming information being discussed on radio and television among Black folks, I often wonder if we even want to hear solutions to our problems, much less do anything to help solve them.

One year after Ferguson: A change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to ...

The two elephants in the room: GOP’s raging intra-party war

he Aug. 6 Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party is continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men, boys alive

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ...

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. ...

I am Sandra Bland: ‘Sick and tired of being sick and tired’

Had I ever met Sandra Bland, I am sure I would have liked her. She is described as an advocate for justice who had embraced her purpose to fight racism.