What shall we do now?

There are few surprises in Washington, D.C., politics. We’ve been reduced to exhausting ourselves determining when this administration is being hyperbolic, using “alternative facts”...

Trump playing ‘dodgeball’ with federal agencies

There are few Americans over the age of 10 who have not seen or participated in a game of “dodgeball.” For those of my era,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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....

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...

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