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Diversity, race  – or privilege?

Diversity, race – or privilege?

Our country is convulsing over issues of diversity and race. Police departments from Baltimore to Minneapolis are talking about diversity hiring as the antidote to anti-Black police brutality. Last year, Hollywood scrambled to find diverse Academy Award presenters after realizing its nominees were mainly White. Last week, a deeply divided United States Supreme Court upheld […]

Why Warren should be Clinton’s VP

Why Warren should be Clinton’s VP

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, is now sorting out her pick for her running mate and potential vice president. She’s launched the “search,” the traditional and often irritating public surfacing of various possibilities, paying respect to different constituencies and different personalities, before settling on a choice. One possibility being floated clearly […]

Donald Trump – the treason candidate

Donald Trump – the treason candidate

Donald Trump is now showing the world that he really is something new in American politics. He’s a political monster the likes of which we’ve never seen before as a major party’s candidate for the presidency. He’s shown all those Republicans who’ve taken refuge in cynical calculation and tortured logic to endorse him that there […]

Inaction cannot be an option

Inaction cannot be an option

How can inaction continue to be an option in the face of senselessness and intolerance fueled by guns? We must act to save our country’s soul and the lives of our people – all of our people. The June 12 attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was both our nation’s worst act of terrorism […]

Can America love?

Can America love?

Sadly, sinfully, and shamefully, we cannot escape the hatred and violence so many people have in their hearts. From the tragic and senseless killings happening in the streets in the United States to what happened at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, it seems as though hatred and violence is a dominant factor. Preached, not practiced What’s even […]

Expanding the non-White teacher pipeline

Expanding the non-White teacher pipeline

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has just completed a week of national training for nearly 2,000 college students and recent graduates preparing to teach in CDF Freedom Schools summer literacy programs across the country. We are so proud of the young, energetic, hardworking and committed servant leaders who spend very long hours preparing to serve […]

High blood pressure, strokes and Blacks

High blood pressure, strokes and Blacks

GLENN ELLIS
 GEORGE CURRY MEDIA Few, if any, health issues touch the lives of more African-Americans than high blood pressure. Usually, hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120. Blood pressure numbers between 120-139 systolic (upper number) or 80-89 diastolic (lower number) are considered prehypertension. […]

‘Justice’ in Black and White

‘Justice’ in Black and White

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA Their names will – or should – become household words: Brian Banks and Brock Turner.  Both are athletes. Both were good students with no criminal histories. One, Banks, is Black. Turner is White. Both were accused and convicted of rape. Banks was 16 and still in high school in […]

We need literacy warriors

We need literacy warriors

Dictionary defines warriors as “a person who fights in battle and is known for having courage and skill.” In “Roots,” reimagined Kizzy Kinte tells her dad, “Reading is my way of being a warrior, my way of feeling free inside.” Teaching enslaved people to read and write was illegal in most Southern states, so reading […]

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Last month, the National Urban League last week released our annual report on the social and economic status of people of color, the State of Black America®. This year’s edition, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice,” was especially significant because it marked the 40th anniversary of the report, first issued in 1976 by Vernon Jordan. […]