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One way we could keep more Black male educators in the classroom

Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year, I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher.

Our children’s cry: Do something

On March 14, Americans witnessed a remarkable scene as tens of thousands of students across our country walked out of their classrooms to honor the tragic and preventable loss of 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...

Razor-thin election results show the importance of voting

Eight days after Bloody Sunday, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of the Congress and made one of the most meaningful speeches any American president had made in modern time on the whole question of voting rights and ...

What we can learn from Indigenous women at the ballot box

With the first year of Trump’s presidency behind us and midterm elections fast approaching, progressive women are faced with the looming question of what comes next. How can we go beyond resistance to advance our progressive vision, especially in this ...

Blacks in the military: We must defend those who defend us

The military is one of our nation’s most revered and essential institutions, filled with courageous men and women who willingly sacrifice so much for our nation’s greater good. It is a point of pride among African Americans that Black soldiers ...

DeVos gets pushback on attempt to pre-empt state consumer protection

Beginning with a controversial nomination that ended in a tie-breaking Senate confirmation vote and continuing throughout her tenure as education secretary, Betsy DeVos has faced unceasing criticism.

If we don’t tell our history

Charles and David Koch, ages 81 and 77 respectively, are two of the richest men in America and, worth an estimated $60 billion each, are tie for fourth on Forbes’ list of the wealthiest Americans, and sixth on the list ...

Their lives, futures remain on hold

Daniela Gonzalez is a mother of two who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from middle and high school in Jackson and is now enrolled in paralegal training classes and pursuing her college degree. Gonzalez is deeply engaged with the ...

Lights, camera, inclusion riders: Reflecting reality on and off screen

“I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.” – Guillermo Del Toro, Best ...

Trump-Kim meeting could make war less likely

Donald Trump is taking a lot of heat for his snap decision to talk face to face with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. His aides caution that the meeting may never take place that concrete conditions must be met for ...

White supremacists: Spoiled and scared

There is something about white supremacists, White males in particular, that is quite obvious: these people are spoiled and they are afraid and insecure.

Senate lawmakers seek to gut Fair Housing Act – civil rights guarantees proposed to be weakened

In just a few weeks, civil rights and housing advocates will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Just four days following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Congress passed the law on April 10, 1968.

From the heart of a student: What does DACA mean to me?

DACA means the world to me. DACA is more than the political debate in which this country is in as to what to do with the program. It is about people who are trying to better themselves and achieve the ...

Warriors skip White House, visit national museum with youth instead

With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day off in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture ...

A 50 year plea persists

“In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one Black, one White – separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white supremacy ...