Trump’s travel ban betrays American values

“Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy – that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings. We were blessed to raise our ...

Welcome to the land of opportunity

“My mother always said, ‘Learn what you can learn for yourself, and then share your knowledge with others.’ My goal now is to advocate for equality and help others in need. Perhaps I have this opportunity because the purpose of ...

Trump’s minion prepares to gut consumer watchdog

“Personnel is policy,” says Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs recently named to head President Trump’s National Economic Council. He got that right, and every working family should shudder that Trump – after railing against the corruptions of ...

Welcoming refugees amid a travel ban

On Jan. 27, just a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a travel ban for entry to the United States for travelers from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order ...

Back of the bus again: Seeking justice for families

We live in a world turned upside down. A new president is the enemy of both Democrat and Republican leaders. A major Black Christian leader is sent to stand in the hall by the office of the most senior Black ...

Making Black history as we celebrate it – Part Two

An obscure name to those under 60 years of age and who live outside of the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, is the subject of this week’s installment of, “Making history, not just celebrating it.” A man of vision, strength and ...

Time to dismantle America’s lingering legacy of economic exclusion: Racial wealth gap could close with systemic public policy reforms, says new research

As 2017’s Black History Month observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and ...

Leslie Dunbar: Indispensable civil rights ally

When foundation and civil rights and antipoverty leader and supporter Leslie Dunbar died Jan. 4 at 95, the Children’s Defense Fund and many civil rights and public interest organizations that have worked over the decades to prevent voter suppression, hunger ...

Sustained persistence, sacrificial resistance

Listening to all the Black chatter about the post-Obama era, all the indignation, the whining and the lamenting about Trump, makes me think about the Standing Rock protest and standoff in North Dakota.

What’s next after the Women’s March?

Our nation has been wounded recently. But out of the wounds came somethig beautiful –millions of women, men and children marched across the nation and worldwide Jan. 20 in support of the Women’s Movement that has blossomed after the election

God, in the time of trouble, chaos and Trump

The nation is changing right in front of our eyes. Things that are being done will have impact for generations to come. Many – not all, but many – of the people who wanted their country back are getting it; ...

CBC, AGs and consumer advocates stand up to CFPB foes

As a new Congress and White House begin their respective governmental roles, a still-growing cadre of supporters and opponents are focusing on the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

American democracy depends upon full investigation of foreign influence

“Foreign powers also will not be idle spectators. They will interpose, the confusion will increase, and dissolution of the Union ensue.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1787

Scott’s story: Lessons children teach adults

A number of years ago, I heard a deeply moving story at a Children’s Miracle Network event, a charity that raises money in partnership with children’s hospitals around the country and helps serve sick and injured children in their local ...

King held a mirror up to a nation’s values

How should Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday be celebrated? It should be celebrated in many different ways.