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The mental health crisis in the United States

Our country’s mental health system is in shambles, and many of the most severely ill are being harshly excluded from treatment systems. Many of the most severely ill are destitute or homeless.

Civil Rights Museum - A must experience

The new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum – referred to as the Civil Rights Museum by the community – that opened in Atlanta, Georgia, July 1 is a must to experience.

You have the right to remain silent

Whenever the police make an arrest, they are required to provide every citizen with a reading of the Miranda warnings. We are all familiar with this. It starts out with “you have the right to remain silent. Anything said can ...

Legislative action begins with us

The Dallas Examiner has been trying to determine why many Blacks are not voting.

The Golden Times: What happened?

As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate music from the 70’s. I have become a fan of Maze and Frankie Beverly.

The border of responsibility: Should we be taking care of immigrants?

Every year, the United States deports 400,000 immigrants who entered Texas illegally. Recently, the number of immigrants entering illegally has increased dramatically, with the majority of them being children traveling unaccompanied by an adult.

It is time for us to go back to the basics

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the historical impact of young people who were willing to risk their lives to register Black people to vote in Mississippi. As a result ...

Getting out the Black vote

Monday night at the African American Museum, Community Conversation presented by The Dallas Examiner, took the format of a workshop on “How To Get the Black Vote Out.”

Exercising Power

This week marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a moment that impacted every corner of America. Yet, many Americans do not know the history of the passage of this legislation that significantly ...

Time to put our vote where are our mouth is

I watched very closely as the results of the Dallas ISD school board race came in. Congratulations to Trustee Miguel Solis in District 8 and to Trustee Joyce Foreman, who won the runoff for District 6. In this district, Trustee ...

The Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses

It should be understood that without the commitment of University of Texas President William Powers there would be no Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses.

Big D on the big stage – spotlighting Dallas

The past two weeks have given the city of Dallas an appearance on the big stage. This past week, we were the host to the New Cities Summit. This is an international event which brings innovative thinkers from around the ...

The Dallas community has spoken

The Joint Runoff Election for Dallas County was June 21. Among those elections were: Duncanville for mayor and District 4 Councilmember, Farmers Branch for mayor and District 2 Councilmember, Seagoville Place 5 Councilmember, and Dallas ISD District 6 member of ...

Fifty years after Freedom Summer … Where are we now?

This summer is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Summer Project. In June 1964, the campaign was launched to register as many Blacks as possible to vote in Mississippi. Mississippi was chosen because of ...

Seeing Dallas change from a bird’s eye view

Last week I talked about my experience going on a bus tour of Southern Dallas’ newest development projects. This week, I will focus specifically on South Dallas. Not only does the sun shine brighter in the Sunny South but the ...