Local Commentaries


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 ...

False dichotomy between supporting police or legitimate protest

If Micah Xavier Johnson’s goal was to support people in Dallas who were protesting the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, he failed miserably.

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

“For months, even for years, through several sessions of Congress, I wondered what will bring this body to take action. What will finally make Congress do what is right, what is just, what the people of this country have been ...

New York Times Black Press story not fit to print

Since 1897, The New York Times has boasted that it publishes “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” That slogan, created by Adolph S. Ochs, the original owner, still appears on the masthead of the Times each day.

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 ...