I had no idea I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it?

Austin – we have a problem!

There is no question that these are difficult times, and in Texas it seems the times get more difficult whenever the Legislature is in session. Already during the 84th Texas Legislature we’ve been treated to a barrage of issues, from ...

Lynch must be confirmed as attorney general

Loretta Lynch, the president’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as the U.S. Attorney General, is poised to become the first African American woman to lead the Justice Department. She is a Harvard-educated lawyer with a reputation as a tough prosecutor.

Inequity in education funding shortchanges our future

“That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy. Our chronic refusal as a nation to guarantee that right for all children, including poor children, ...

Women’s History Month: A proclamation by the president of the United States of America

Throughout history, extraordinary women have fought tirelessly to broaden our democracy’s reach and help perfect our Union.

Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama – and his family.

188 years of Black Press excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years, Black ...

Battling chikungunya in Dallas County

First, it was West Nile virus, which has loomed over Dallas County in every mosquito season since 2002. Now, there is a new virus on our doorstep – chikungunya. Like West Nile, chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Political frustration: Rhetoric vs. true solutions

Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards. Writing was a release to lower the ...

Continuing the mission of the Selma-to-Montgomery March

Fifty years ago I traveled from Mississippi to Selma, Alabama, on March 21, 1965, to join Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of fellow citizens marching the 54 miles to the steps of the state’s capitol in Montgomery.

Defenders cheapen LBJ’s accomplishments

Lyndon B. Johnson has done more to help African Americans and poor people than any modern president. But his defenders are cheapening his legacy by inflating his accomplishments, which is an insult to the people – Black and White – ...

Systematic racism, bias in America

The U.S. Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after ...

Our failure to measure up – We must do better

oo much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product now is over $800 billion dollars a year. If we judge the United ...

Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old Black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the White mall security officer who maced and arrested him didn’t have a gun?

Economic justice: Who pays for police officers’ misbehavior?

Ever since President Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in 1997, we have heard calls for apologies from the government and individuals for a myriad of transgressions against Black people. I came to the conclusion a long time ...