Succeeding against the odds

After two years of divisive, hateful rhetoric from the highest levels of government, the profoundly inhumane treatment of immigrant families, and the placement of corporate profits ahead of the basic needs of children

African American survivors - invisible in plain sight

Where’s my face? I’m searching for my reflection or the echo of my story, but to my dismay I’m considered a ghost and mute. My complexion has cast a shadow before me again. The Black story has been lost in ...

Lessons from Ruby Bridges

I recently had the joy of presenting an award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs to Ruby Bridges.

Urban League Movement mourns Ntozake Shange, ‘One of the original conjurers of Black Girl Magic’

“somebody/anybody sing a black girl’s song bring her out to know herself to know you but sing her rhythms carin/struggle/hard times sing her song of life she’s been dead so long closed in silence so long she doesn’t know the ...

Let’s invest in our students, not millionaires like me

Almost 10 years after the 2007 economic crisis, another debt bubble is ready to burst. Experts say student loan debt, the second highest form of household debt at $1.5 trillion, is a risk to our economic stability.

What is a ‘real’ American? And who is everyone else?

This election cycle has been brutal, and as the vitriol has continued and increased, many have been heard to say, “This is not who we are” as Americans.

I will vote! Choosing not to vote still impacts you

“I will vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country.

Midterm elections: What’s at stake for communities of color?

“When there’s a vacuum in our democracy, when we don’t vote, when we take our basic rights and freedoms for granted, when we turn away and stop paying attention and stop engaging and stop believing and look for the newest ...

White men who commit heinous crimes treated better than Black men

Last week on Wednesday, a White 51-year-old man, Gregory Bush, shot and killed two Black people at a Kroger supermarket in Kentucky.

The criminalization of poverty and legal immigration

Despite our country’s immense wealth, poverty has been a longstanding challenge to far too many communities, especially immigrant communities.

Race for governor soiled by a conflict of interest

What if Georgia played Alabama in football and the lead referee was playing quarterback for Alabama? Would we assume the rules are being equally enforced? Would Georgians worry that the fix was in?

National Urban League “After years of preclearance and expansion of voting access, by 2013 African American registration and turnout rates had finally reached near-parity with White registration and

The great value in reading history is that one comes to realize that nothing that is happening is new.

‘Enough is Enough. VOTE!’: History will not look kindly on 21st century Jim Crow

“After years of preclearance and expansion of voting access, by 2013 African American registration and turnout rates had finally reached near-parity with White registration and turnout rates. African Americans were poised to act as a major electoral force

Why did we have to wait on Amazon to pay a fair wage?

Recently, Amazon announced it will begin paying its full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour. To be clear, this is great news. The question is: Why did we have to wait for Amazon to ...

Public service loan forgiveness program fails to forgive

Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety, shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt, affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome ...