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Community challenges: Education, engagement

The lyrics of Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues in 1971 can give us pause in 2017 to reflect. It is amazing that the words to the song are still relevant to some degree in our society today. Still fighting for ...

Abbott’s, Patrick’s most harmful missed opportunity

The singular failure of the recent special session was Gov. Abbott’s and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s refusal to support the effort by Texas House leaders to address the woefully inadequate level of state funding for our local public schools.

The trilogy of history: a fact of reality of progress and failure

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what history has noted as the I Have a Dream speech.

STEM advances should include minorities

Innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields drive our economy and produce products and services that touch all of our lives.

Voter suppression in the wake of Shelby Co.

Voter suppression is a serious issue that threatens the integrity of our elections.

Honoring the fallen: Dallas shooting one year later

One year ago, members of our community took to the streets of downtown Dallas to exercise their first amendment rights by speaking out and peacefully protesting against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. What began as a peaceful ...

Texas increases transparency, accountability in policing

Recent highly publicized fatal interactions between civilians and law enforcement have resulted in a significant decline in trust between law enforcement and communities throughout the United States.

Secrets cause harm: America’s health care

In early May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Dishonest Republican voter fraud solutions

Recent cases of voter fraud in West Dallas in which senior citizens have been defrauded out of their votes have gained statewide attention, especially from Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott. The actions that have been taken by individuals to steal ...

A move to shut off school-to-prison pipeline

More than 63,000 out-of-school suspensions were issued to Texas’ youngest students during the 2015-2016 school year. Of those suspensions, 26,000 were issued to students in prekindergarten through second grade. African American boys were issued 47 percent of these suspensions, though ...

A move to shut off school-to-prison pipeline

More than 63,000 out-of-school suspensions were issued to Texas’ youngest students during the 2015-2016 school year. Of those suspensions, 26,000 were issued to students in prekindergarten through second grade. African American boys were issued 47 percent of these suspensions, though ...

Combatting youth crime in our community

On May 27, our community suffered a great loss due to the passing of recent Carter High School graduate Ledajrick Cox, or “LD” as his many friends affectionately referred to him.

Making America great again, promises broken

Over the last 30 plus years, my time and work has been dedicated to serving those in my community and working to bring about better opportunities for the people in Texas and our nation. Americans are working hard every day ...

Bridging the gap between police, community

Our communities rely on police departments to “protect and serve,” and the police, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation.

Trump and environmental protection

In just the first 100 days of his presidency, President Donald Trump has shown ample disregard for environmental justice and protection.