Local Commentaries


Monday Night Politics: Runoff Elections

On May 9, Dallas residents voted for a mayor and City Council members. Incumbent Mike Rawlings won the majority vote for mayor. Carolyn Arnold won the majority vote to become the councilmember for District 4.

Speaking out, standing up

First lady Michelle Obama was the commencement speaker at Tuskegee University on Saturday. Tuskegee is a private historically Black university in Tuskegee, Alabama, established in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.

The War on Poverty

When I graduated in May 1965 from The University of Denver with a B.A. degree, I wanted to find a job, not go to graduate school. Unfortunately, there were not many jobs available for recent college graduates with majors in ...

Support goes both ways

Why should a candidate reach out to the African American community when voting records indicate that – out of over 40,000 eligible voters in each district – District 3 has 43,608, District 4 has 44,993, District 7 has 40,529 and ...

The long life, legacy of Stanley Marcus

If he were still alive, Harold “Stanley” Marcus would have celebrated his 110th birthday on April 20. When most people think of him, they recall the many years that he served as president and chairman of the board of Neiman ...

Early childhood education is critical

Early childhood education is of critical importance to the future of our children, and our nation. Children who experience seamless and comprehensive services from birth until age 5 are more likely to enter kindergarten prepared for success with a strong ...

WeVote and Arrive with 5

In the joint election on May 14, 2011, Vonciel Jones Hill, Dwayne Caraway, Carolyn Davis and Tennell Adkins each won their respective seats on the Dallas City Council with less than 3,000 votes each.

Contributing to political campaigns

Have you ever contributed to a political candidate, either with monetary support or volunteered your services to their campaign? During the last Dallas ISD trustee election, Trustee Joyce Foreman won with half the amount of money in her campaign fund ...

Stand up for fairness and democracy

As an almost eight-year member of the Dallas City Council, and as chair of the City’s Transportation and Trinity River Corridor Project Committee, I have learned first-hand that transportation policy is foundational to the long-term health and vibrancy of every ...

Join us for WeVote ‘Arrive with 5’

Monday Night Politics–Meet the Candidates, which we present during every election period, has been well attended during March and April. The audience seemed to be intoned with the need to vote and become more familiar with the candidates running in ...

Celebrating the Black Press

Last week, publishers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Jackson, Mississippi, Atlanta, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 75 years of Black newspapers telling our stories.

Connecting to the Black consumer

The National Newspaper Publishers Association entered into an agreement with Nielsen in 2010 for Nielsen to do a series of three reports titled “The State of the African American Consumer.” The reports examined the African American consumer and their buying ...

Black History and its relevancy: A Community Conversation

Many people today have a limited knowledge of Black history. There is limited information in public school textbooks about the struggles of African Americans, as well as our contributions to American history.

Reflections: Life in a partially integrated society

I have heard the stories so many times. I feel I lived them – that I experienced them. The stories are real for me also – my husband’s experiences living in a partially integrated society – attending an integrated high ...

Living in a segregated society – my reflections

This month I have spent more time than usual reflecting on my life in a segregated society. Seeing the movie Selma and events leading up to the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama and looking at the movie ...