Teaching for success: Welcoming and respecting every child

Teaching children may be the highest way to seek God. It is, however, also the most daunting way, in the sense of the greatest responsibility. – Gabriela Mistral, Chilean Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature

NMAAHC: Telling America’s story

“It is the purpose of the National Memorial Association; to erect a beautiful building suitable to depict the [N]egro’s contribution to America in the military service, in art, literature, invention, science, industry, etc. – fitting tribute to the Negro’s contributions ...

Five steps in the march to civil rights, equality

Whether patriots disguised as “Indians” or heirs of Attucks at a Woolworth’s lunch counter or drag goddesses marching down Fifth Avenue, the power of disruption has been the overwhelming tool of the otherwise oppressed in their respective marches toward equity ...

The political dialogue: Social media’s challenge to democracy

I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years.

Does your child have health insurance?

If asking parents this simple question could help ensure children stay healthier, do better in school, and even save a child’s life

God, religion and the pursuit of justice

I will never forget when, eight years ago, I was canvassing, registering people to vote. Whenever you go door to door, you realize that you will get a wide range of reactions, from an open willingness to register to flat-out ...

Olympic Games: Diversity wins gold in Rio

“Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the gold standard: We’re a nation of immigrants that finds strength in our diversity and unity in our national pride

Democrats don’t get blank check from Black voters

Donald Trump made a pitch for Black votes this week in his own inimitable fashion. Speaking in a virtually all-White suburb of Detroit, he suggested that African American communities are “suffering from Democratic control.”

Set Corey Jacobs free: He deserves a grant of clemency from Obama

As the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, I know from personal experience that when one person goes to prison, the whole family goes to prison.

Back to school: attendance is important

As a new school year begins, parents, teachers and administrators are all thinking about how to make it the best year ever. One of the keys to student success sounds very simple but can make a profound difference: making sure ...

Hillary Clinton stands on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm

“Women in this country must become revolutionaries. We must refuse to accept the old, the traditional roles and stereotypes…We must replace the old, negative thoughts about our femininity with positive thoughts and positive action affirming it, and more. But we ...

The shame of Milwaukee - the worst place for Blacks to live

Now it is Milwaukee. On Saturday, a car with two African American men was stopped for “suspicion.” The men fled, the policeman pursued, and the driver, reportedly armed, was shot and killed.

Children of color need to see themselves in books

Do your children love the books on their summer reading lists?

Baltimore PD routinely violate rights of Blacks

After reading the 164-page Justice Department report on the Baltimore Police Department, it is surprising that street rebellions didn’t occur sooner in Baltimore.

We need fearless leaders, not pleaders

Yet another “shocking” report, The Ever Growing Gap, came out last week. It was featured in mainstream newspapers, small hometown newspapers and online newspapers. The ominous headline stated, It will take Black families 228 years to earn the same amount ...