Local Commentaries


Eliminating the stigma of chronic disease

“You don’t look sick.” Lupus patients often hear this comment from family, friends and even people they have just met. Many individuals living with lupus call this a blessing and a curse. While appearance may not indicate that an individual ...

Women will bring peace in the world

On April 30, hundreds of women, peace-builders and peace activists from around the globe will gather in Dallas for the Annual “A World of Women for World Peace” Conference.

Celebrating the contributions of women

Since 1981, America has recognized March as Women’s History Month. The month is a time to celebrate the successes of America’s women throughout our history and the courage and sacrifice of the bold women pioneers who broke down many barriers ...

Supreme Court, government responsibility

The unfortunate passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has created a vacancy in the highest court in the land that must be filled

Investing in our Nation’s Progress

As many of you know, this is an exciting time for your representatives on Capitol Hill.

The fight for universal pre-K remains a moral and economic imperative

Over the course of last year’s legislative session, I was proud to see quality pre-K improvements be thrust into the spotlight as a bipartisan priority.

Alpha Phi Alpha continues legacy of Dr. King

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., is the oldest intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity founded by African American men

America is the land of immigrants

America is a land of immigrants. Since its inception, the United States of America has been a place where persecuted people have come and been able to live freely.

Letter to The Dallas Examiner

14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed brings in a briefcase full of beeping electronics into school and he is deemed a genius and a hero. Picture 10,000 Ahmed Mohamed’s pulling the same stunt with a real briefcase bomb triggered from outside their school ...

‘Empowering communities. Changing lives.’

The Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Texas has served the greater Dallas area for 48 years. “Empowering communities. Changing lives.” This has always been its mission with the purpose of giving individuals and families the necessary tools to ...

The importance of investing in STEM

Throughout my career in Congress, I have been an outspoken proponent of science, technology, engineering and math education. As the current ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I continue to emphasize the need for investing ...

TAAACC: All business – all the time!

Two years ago, the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce formalized a relationship with the Texas Publishers Association, the network of Black newspapers across our state.

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 ...

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 ...