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Charles Merrill: The crucial importance of lanterns in young lives

have been so blessed with an abundance of lanterns in my life who have been indispensable guides and supports over many decades.

Consumer protection payday rule at risk, just like student loan protections

An important consumer protection rule that was to take effect Jan. 16 is now being “reconsidered” by the same agency that was to enforce it – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This year will be devoted to re-entry to prevent recidivism

My bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin has a specialty in Correctional Administration. At the time I was a student, the biggest component of study was recidivism. That is the event that occurs after doing your time, being released ...

NAACP condemns racist remarks mocking Sean Combs ’ plans to purchase NFL team

Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, issued the following statement on behalf of the NAACP regarding KRON-TV anchor Henry Wofford’s use of racist stereotypes to insult and belittle Sean “Diddy” Combs’ interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers NFL team:

Reflecting on a year of empowering Americans through jobs, education, financial literacy and health care

“From your founding, amid the great migration, to the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, to the battles of today, the Urban League has been on the ground, in our communities, working quietly – day in, day out – without ...

Travesty of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc, representing thousands of African American congregations across this nation, declare that the passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a travesty of justice and mercy. It has been dishonestly presented to the ...

Untold, ignored stories of Black Women

While I celebrate women coming forward to share their stories of being sexually harassed or worse, I struggle with reconciling how Black women have been sexually violated for years in this country by White men (and Black as well), their ...

Congress’ urgent unfinished business for children

As if our fight to stop the profoundly unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was not enough, we must all work hard to ensure there will be no unfinished business as Congress works to wrap up the Continuing Resolution before ...

National Urban League mourns the loss of trailblazing journalist Simeon Booker

“Glaring down at us from the truck were five White men, armed to the teeth with shotguns ... All five sprang from the truck and surrounded the car. ‘Get out,’ the huskiest one snapped. ‘Who are you n----rs and where ...

The god of evangelicals is not The Sovereign God

During the recent Alabama senate race, it was troubling, to say the least, to hear candidate Roy Moore, an alleged pedophile, refer to “the Lord Jesus” and lift his “Christian values” as a way to attract voters.

Lawmakers plot with payday lenders to end consumer bureau rule to stop the debt trap

The phrase “It ain’t over until it’s over” was first made famous by the late New York Yankees pitcher Yogi Berra. It was one of many enduring Yogi-isms – humorous phrases that were often grammatically-challenged. Even so, people usually understood ...

‘Hungry child, I didn’t make this world for you’

They have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek … they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless… and they do not defend the rights of the needy." – Jeremiah 5:27-28

President’s claim to be above the law is ‘an affront to the very principle on which our system is built’

“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” – Theodore Roosevelt, Third Annual Message, December 7, 1903

Some Christians applaud Trump’s decision to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel

While there are a fair number of Americans, some Christian and some not, who are unhappy about the president’s unilateral decision to name Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, there are many Christians who support this decision and see ...

Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

President Trump’s irresponsible political theater to grant recognition of unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a deliberate provocation that puts Palestinian, Israeli and American lives at risk.