Local Commentaries


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.

A salute to our high school graduates

It is an honor to congratulate all high school graduates in the 30th Congressional District for successfully completing your high school education.

Our new City Council members

Four new people have been elected to serve on the Dallas City Council for Districts 3, 4, 7 and 8. These four districts are the designated African American districts on the council.

Old school teaching: ‘Sit down and shut up’

Another legislative session has come and gone, and education was once again a hot topic.

We must vote to make a difference in Dallas

Even 100 years after the Civil War, African Americans were denied the right to register and vote. Voters in the South faced the majority of the discrimination at the polls. Most Blacks that attempted to register faced barriers such as ...