Black lives - of men, women and children - matter

A friend of mine was conducting a diversity class for a group of police officers, mostly White, in a northern Ohio city. All was going well until he said, “Let’s talk about ‘Black Lives Matter.’” He said the room exploded.

Poverty, desperation overshadows a world-class city

Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities.

Tale of two selfies: The color line between Democrats and Republicans

Donald Trump and his mob of supporters continue to show they’re happiest when wallowing in the cesspool of human behavior. Who would have thought a candidate for the American presidency would within two weeks label the coming election as “rigged,” ...

Breaking the ‘blue wall of silence’ among police

In Columbus, Ohio, two African American police officers filed formal complaints against a White police officer, charging that this White officer made racial slurs and threatened to kill them.

A solid foundation: Can we rebuild Black Wall Street?

“There are [Blacks] who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies the ...

How much do Black children’s lives matter?

Four little girls were changing into choir robes and chatting in a church restroom, preparing for the Youth Sunday services at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 15, 1963. At 10:22 a.m., a bomb previously hidden under the ...

After dueling conventions, knowledge Trumps ignorance

At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton and her supporters were too kind by simply saying: Love Trumps Hate. It’s a matter that extends far beyond the concept of love. It would have been more accurate to have ...

‘At the bottom of politics … lies economics’

Booker T. Washington spoke those words in his best effort to show us what is really happening in this country.

A message to the president: Invest in America

As the major-party conventions conclude and the general election season begins in earnest, the National Urban League has a message for the next president, whoever he or she might be: Invest in America.

Trump: The clear and present danger in the U.S.

The greatest threat to the United States right now is not terrorism, foreign or domestic. It’s not the economy or the disappearance of jobs in the coal-mining regions or the manufacturing sector. Nor is it the coming rise of the ...

Another missed opportunity

DURBAN, South Africa - On my first night here to cover the 26th International AIDS Conference, I had dinner with Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, and three other members of our delegation. During the course ...

Passing on the legacy of trauma

Can stress be passed on to one’s children?

Why we can’t get along: The dynamics of race in America

“Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal ... The alternative is not blind repression or capitulation to lawlessness. It is the realization of common opportunities for all within a single society.”

A strategic plan needed to redirect our money toward empowerment

“… Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” – Matthew 25:21

Don’t make our most vulnerable children wait longer?

In an important show of bipartisanship, Congress is on the cusp of an historic step to help many of the most vulnerable children in our nation – those who are abused and neglected and at risk of entering foster care ...