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Viola Davis earns a historic distinction

Viola Davis earns a historic distinction

“In my mind I see a line, and over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful White women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” – Harriet Tubman, quoted by Viola Davis […]

Speak out and protect your health

Speak out and protect your health

U.S. REP. ROBIN KELLY GUEST COMMENTARY For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance. The impact of […]

Will Congress turn back the clock on fair housing?

Will Congress turn back the clock on fair housing?

When future generations read the history of the nation’s first Black president, I believe there will be greater acknowledgement of his administration’s significant accomplishments. For now, however, a strategic war is underway to dismantle the progress President Obama achieved. General market media have extensively reported on reforms or repeals of the Affordable Care Act, Wall […]

Private prisons resurrection represents pay-to-play

Private prisons resurrection represents pay-to-play

Twenty-four hours after the election of Donald Trump, the stock prices of America’s privately-run prisons soared. This came as no surprise to private prison operators or to criminal justice reform advocates. In Trump, privately-owned prison companies rightly presumed that they had a staunch ally of their business model and motives in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Supports […]

Truth is coming to light

Truth is coming to light

The Bible (John 8:32) tells us, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It looks like a lot of things in the Trump administration are beginning to come to light. I pray that all the American people will be set free because many have been shackled by the ‘alternative […]

Political involvement is necessary but not sufficient

Political involvement is necessary but not sufficient

The unfortunate election of Donald J. Trump speaks volumes about the limits of African-American involvement in the political system. Don’t get me wrong. I was born and will live and die a political junkie, obsessed with the minutiae of politics. I’m a recovering politician, having run for office, got my butt beat, and flirted with […]

It’s time for a review

It’s time for a review

One of my most important teaching activities was time spent in review with my classes. My classroom experiences taught me that in every unit of instruction there were elements of the subject matter that would not be understood, would be misunderstood, would not be prioritized/ordered appropriately, or forgotten. The classroom review was an effective tool […]

‘Fake news’ insults an institution that risks lives

‘Fake news’ insults an institution that risks lives

In 1955, Jet Magazine and the Chicago Defender published photographs of Emmett Till’s mutilated corpse, igniting international interest in the American civil rights movement. Defender reporter Mattie Colin, who covered the return of the teenager’s body to Chicago, captured his mother’s anguish in her poignant articles: “‘Oh, God, Oh God, my only boy,’ Mrs. Mamie […]

Yale University consigns a present-day monument to the past

Yale University consigns a present-day monument to the past

Symbols matter. Whether these symbols are flags, icons or names on buildings, symbols are shorthand and they stand in for those core values we reject – and those we accept. After years of outcry, protests, and an act of glass-shattering vandalism, Yale University has recently announced that the name of the residential college commemorating John […]

Civil rights will suffer under Sessions

Civil rights will suffer under Sessions

Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees seem intentionally perverse: an education secretary who has no clue about public schools; an energy secretary who wanted to eliminate the department; a treasury secretary from Goldman Sachs who ran a home foreclosure factory. So when a White nationalist sympathizer, Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, was confirmed to be attorney general, […]