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Trial to Secure Justice for Trayvon Martin Begins

Trial to Secure Justice for Trayvon Martin Begins

“I believe that’s Trayvon Martin, that’s my baby’s voice. Every mother knows their child, and that’s his voice.” – Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin On Monday of last week, the trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, finally got underway. The surface facts of the case are not in […]

LBJ’s War On Poverty Still Only Partly Won

LBJ’s War On Poverty Still Only Partly Won

Fifty years ago this week, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a historic commencement address at Howard University, laying out progress made […]

Government Surveillance: What Goes Around Comes Around

Government Surveillance: What Goes Around Comes Around

  When reading about the knashing of teeth about government surveillance by members of the press in the AP and James Rosen cases and of Americans in general by the National Security Agency my first reaction is, “What goes around comes around.” I don’t recall any overwrought weeping and wailing from the press or the […]

If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

If You Don’t Like Disparities, Try Equality

Last week I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, DC. This is an important effort, because Washington, DC is such a divided city. “East of the River”, Wards 7 and 8, are the […]

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

Medgar Evers Would Be Proud

  Fifty years after the NAACP field secretary was assassinated for his work to expand the vote, a new report reaffirms that his sacrifice was not in vain. For the first time in history, African Americans voted at a higher rate (66.2 percent) than non-Hispanic Whites (64.1 percent). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, black […]

The State of Equality and Justice in America:  The Anatomy of the Modern Day Drum Major

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Anatomy of the Modern Day Drum Major

On April 9, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached a message that was strikingly applicable to the lives of modern day civil rights leaders and leaders of America’s future. In the pulpit of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta only five days before he was assassinated, Dr. King meticulously outlined the anatomy of what […]

Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend to Focus on ‘Individual Power’

Black Caucus Annual Legislative Weekend to Focus on ‘Individual Power’

A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF president/CEO “It starts with you.” That’s the theme of this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Caucus (ALC), attempting to inspire people to innovation in the answers to their personal and community issues. “Throughout the centuries, humankind has been able to identify one person – an individual – who made […]

Child Poverty is the Real Scandal

Child Poverty is the Real Scandal

Washington is descending into another silly season. Let’s end this diversion of dust and smoke as partisans hype mock “scandals” for political profit. The real scandals — like that of children in poverty — are simply being ignored. In this rich nation, nearly 8 million children under the age of 18 are being raised in […]

THE RELIGION CORNER: Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

THE RELIGION CORNER: Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

Lyndia Grant COURTESY PHOTO Philippians 4:8 reminds us, “…Think on these things; things that are virtuous, of good report and praise worthy….” As I celebrate the first anniversary of my radio show titled “Think on These Things,” I can’t help but consider the scripture that the Lord gave to me for the show. In Philippians, Chapter 4, […]

Spiritually Speaking…God, Man’s Final Frontier and Last Result

Spiritually Speaking…God, Man’s Final Frontier and Last Result

The older I get the more convinced I am that I am going to surely fail, fail miserably as a matter of fact, in my attempt to be perfectly Christ like. We all know, or should know, this is just not going to happen. However, as we also know, it is our job to humbly […]