Local Commentaries


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 ...

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. ...

An island of isolation: The Sphinx proposal

Fiji Island’s official tourism website seduces travelers to visit by advertising that “families and children have a special place here.” Perhaps that is the case with the island near the Australian coast, but not in Dallas on Corinth Street where ...

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

On June 4, I was proud to join Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Penn., as he introduced bipartisan mental health reform legislation, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Murphy and I have worked together during the past two ...

Giving back to the community

Historically, unity and volunteerism have been some of the most powerful tools that African Americans have used in order for our people to make advances in society.

What part of history needs to be preserved?

Texas made national headlines, ironically on of all days – June 19 – when the United States Supreme Court upheld the unanimous 2011 vote of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to deny an application by the Texas Division

Fair housing protected, voting rights still miles to go

Nearly 50 years ago, just days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act in tribute to the slain civil rights leader.

Joyce Ann Brown’s legacy

The news of Joyce Ann Brown’s death spread throughout Black Dallas last week. And while many may have been touched by the news of her passing, many more were touched by her life.

School officer training is critical for success

While many issues divided legislators along ideological lines this session, there was one important issue where we all stood united: That Texas’ children deserve the best educational environment in order to promote their success.