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Zimmerman killed a Black youth, got away with it

That opened the flood gates for shooting Black men. I have skin in the game, with two Black sons, seven Black grandsons and two Black great-grandsons!

Our right to vote, be heard

We call Freedom Summer the period from June through September 1964 when a multi-racial group of thousands of student volunteers and organizers traveled to Mississippi from across the country to assist with local voter registration in Mississippi.

Access to quality education

This past week, State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the present funding for our public schools is unconstitutional. We often talk about something being unconstitutional without really thinking about what the Constitution actually says. Let’s start at the beginning:

Judge Dietz’ ruling in Texas’ school finance case

If being conservative is defined as carefully monitoring and making best use of one’s resources, then I can be called a fiscal conservative

John Wiley Price, my jailbird friend

John Wiley Price has been my friend for more than 20 years.

Monday nights, focusing on the candidates

The first Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forum for the general election, which is Nov. 4, was held on Monday.

Tempers flare during DA’s first discussion on police shootings

It was evident on Monday night that people in Dallas are hurting. They are in pain. They were frustrated.

Message to Generation Y: This is your Jena

As the newly elected president of the Dallas NAACP, I had the privilege of helping to coordinate the Dallas delegation that participatd in the nationwide rally to Jena, Louisiana, to support the “Jena Six.” The Jena Six were six Black ...

Fairness, equality in voting for all of our citizens

America has endured a long and painful history of voter disenfranchisement. There were times when minority citizens were forced to pay poll taxes before they could exercise the right to vote

Building a better future for Dallas and its residents

The city of Dallas is in the midst of its annual budget process and my office was recently approached by a group of people looking to make sure that Dallas Animal Services gets the money it needs to operate effectively.

The time is always now

Al Sharpton recently spoke at the National Bar Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I always take every opportunity to hear Sharpton because his speeches are filled with powerful and true phrases.

Message to my generation: Time to move on

I’m going to stick to my 70’s theme. Teddy Pendergrass had a very popular sing during this time. In the chorus of the song, “TKO,” Teddy made the statement: I think I better let it go. This is the message ...

Lawyers are still needed in the fight for justice

Prior to and during the Civil Rights Movement, Black lawyers were the protectors of our civil rights.

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.