It’s hard to be what you can’t see

As a new school year starts, many parents are making sure their children have the right supplies from their back-to-school lists and double-checking their courses and schedules. But are we thinking about what books our children are reading? Children of ...

Planned attacks on Planned Parenthood

Conservatives are attacking Planned Parenthood so viciously that you would be forgiven if you thought that the organization was running for president as a Democrat.

#AllVotesMatter: Restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965

“Some of the protections that had been enshrined in the Voting Rights Act itself have been weakened as a consequence of court decisions and interpretations of the law. State legislatures have instituted procedures and practices that, although on the surface ...

Trump favors constructing a police state

At bottom, the plan of Donald Trump, the GOP’s political playboy, to “solve” America’s crisis of undocumented Latino immigration is really quite simple: Turn the U.S. into a police state.

Julian Bond: A dedicated life of service

Horace Julian Bond was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee, into a family of privilege. His father, Horace Mann Bond, was a noted educator who served as president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, where such notables as ...

Saddened by death of Julian Bond, champion for justice

The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply. America has lost a true and still vital champion for justice. President Obama, hailing Bond as a hero and a friend, noted that “Julian Bond helped ...

#BlackLivesMatter movement prioritizes life of African Americans

Nineteen-year-old Zachary Hammond was sitting in a Hardee’s parking lot in his hometown of Seneca, South Carolina, on a first date. An undercover agent had arranged to buy marijuana from his date and had lured her to the parking lot. ...

Keeping Black boys alive: Channeling the rage

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black males has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: Just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by ...

We must do more to close achievement gap

Thousands of pages have been written about the achievement gap – the fact that White kids score higher than either Black or Latino kids who sometimes sit right next to them in classrooms.

You are the key to advancement, empowerment

With as much meaningless and non-redeeming information being discussed on radio and television among Black folks, I often wonder if we even want to hear solutions to our problems, much less do anything to help solve them.

One year after Ferguson: A change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to ...

The two elephants in the room: GOP’s raging intra-party war

he Aug. 6 Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party is continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men, boys alive

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ...

I am Sandra Bland: ‘Sick and tired of being sick and tired’

Had I ever met Sandra Bland, I am sure I would have liked her. She is described as an advocate for justice who had embraced her purpose to fight racism.

The African American community also failed Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland is dead.