Child stability, opportunity starts at home

Fifty years ago this week, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, became law after passing Congress in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The act prohibited discrimination in the sale, ...

Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, America has a long way to end segregation

“The housing problem is particularly acute in the minority ghettos. Nearly two-thirds of all non-white families living in the central cities today live in neighborhoods marked with substandard housing and general urban blight. Two major factors are responsible. First: Many ...

Support for the Fair Housing Act still needed

In addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a courageous President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Enacted April 11, just seven days after the assassination ...

The rise of Trump: Is our country in trouble?

The antics and behavior that are coming out of the White House are disturbing on many levels, but one of the most troubling is that it feels like this country is moving toward becoming an autocratic state.

Payday lenders wage new wars against consumers, regulation

Nearly seven years ago, Congress fought for and won enactment of reforms that would help ensure that everyone would play by the same financial rules. The promise to the nation was that the days of ignoring the long-term health of ...

Fair Housing Act: A milestone on the journey to equality

A half-century ago, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, creed and national origin.

No constitutional equality proves we need the ERA

When this country was founded, women had no rights.

Confessions of a political donor: The system is broken

Our democracy is broken.

Sexism Matters in the community, work and church

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 … ...

Winnie Mandela bore the scars of battle, helped heal a nation

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 ...

Entrepreneurship program has potential to close the racial wealth gap

“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, ...

Remembering Dr. King

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.

Let’s move forward together

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 ...

Where do we go from here?

“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 ...

Hold fast against the assault on King’s legacy

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America.