Children of color need to see themselves in books

Do your children love the books on their summer reading lists?

Baltimore PD routinely violate rights of Blacks

After reading the 164-page Justice Department report on the Baltimore Police Department, it is surprising that street rebellions didn’t occur sooner in Baltimore.

We need fearless leaders, not pleaders

Yet another “shocking” report, The Ever Growing Gap, came out last week. It was featured in mainstream newspapers, small hometown newspapers and online newspapers. The ominous headline stated, It will take Black families 228 years to earn the same amount ...

Black lives - of men, women and children - matter

A friend of mine was conducting a diversity class for a group of police officers, mostly White, in a northern Ohio city. All was going well until he said, “Let’s talk about ‘Black Lives Matter.’” He said the room exploded.

Poverty, desperation overshadows a world-class city

Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities.

Tale of two selfies: The color line between Democrats and Republicans

Donald Trump and his mob of supporters continue to show they’re happiest when wallowing in the cesspool of human behavior. Who would have thought a candidate for the American presidency would within two weeks label the coming election as “rigged,” ...

Breaking the ‘blue wall of silence’ among police

In Columbus, Ohio, two African American police officers filed formal complaints against a White police officer, charging that this White officer made racial slurs and threatened to kill them.

A solid foundation: Can we rebuild Black Wall Street?

“There are [Blacks] who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies the ...

How much do Black children’s lives matter?

Four little girls were changing into choir robes and chatting in a church restroom, preparing for the Youth Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 15, 1963. At 10:22 a.m., a bomb previously hidden under the ...

After dueling conventions, knowledge Trumps ignorance

At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton and her supporters were too kind by simply saying: Love Trumps Hate. It’s a matter that extends far beyond the concept of love. It would have been more accurate to have ...

‘At the bottom of politics … lies economics’

Booker T. Washington spoke those words in his best effort to show us what is really happening in this country.

A message to the president: Invest in America

As the major-party conventions conclude and the general election season begins in earnest, the National Urban League has a message for the next president, whoever he or she might be: Invest in America.

Trump: The clear and present danger in the U.S.

The greatest threat to the United States right now is not terrorism, foreign or domestic. It’s not the economy or the disappearance of jobs in the coal-mining regions or the manufacturing sector. Nor is it the coming rise of the ...

Let’s rally in peace, outside the box

African Americans across the nation have been in a constant state of mourning since the murder of Trayvon Martin. To add insult to injury, his killer was found not guilty after stating that he feared for his life, even after ...

Another missed opportunity

DURBAN, South Africa - On my first night here to cover the 26th International AIDS Conference, I had dinner with Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, and three other members of our delegation. During the course ...