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‘If I dated Black girls…’

‘If I dated Black girls…’

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Friday, I gave the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day […]

Change comes when change is demanded

Change comes when change is demanded

The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty brought long overdue attention to his commitment. Today, with one in five children in America still raised in poverty, an accounting is vital as part of a renewed commitment. But largely absent from the debate around the war on poverty is any sense […]

Reach out to real Black leaders

Reach out to real Black leaders

Brother A. Peter Bailey wrote a very enlightening article, titled, “Black Leaders, Past and Present, Speak on the Need for Focusing on Economics.”  I called him after reading it, and we discussed something I continue to lament about Black people: Our failure to learn and follow through on the economic lessons of the past, especially […]

King’s true legacy

King’s true legacy

This month will mark the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Across the nation and throughout the world community, millions of people will pay tribute and celebrate the birth of one our greatest freedom fighters and most effective leaders. The legacy of Dr. King is more than a federal holiday although we should […]

Fighting poverty  on two fronts

Fighting poverty on two fronts

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a war on poverty. Appalled by the way too many Americans lived, he empowered federal workers to develop and implement programs that created jobs, health care, housing and legal assistance. Some of the funds were given to states, and some were given to cities. In any case, […]

Killing and dying for respect

Killing and dying for respect

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST There was some disbelief over social media when it was suggested the accused shooter of two Newark, New Jersey youth was prompted by the suspect’s feeling disrespected. The suspect, a 15 year-old boy, is reported to have been angry because he believed two other young men had ‘hit’ on a girl […]

NYC’s progressive challenge to America

NYC’s progressive challenge to America

The inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on January 1 signaled an important left-of-center turning point in the evolution of progressive politics. It’s important not only for the largest city in America, but also for the masses of people who increasingly live in major urban centers throughout the world. Mayor de Blasio […]

Getting rid of Shanahan and the ‘Redskins’ name

Getting rid of Shanahan and the ‘Redskins’ name

I was not at all surprised that the Washington Redskins canned Coach Mike Shanahan. Three losing seasons over four years does not make for career advancement. So, on to next season, I guess. Yet, I found myself wondering, once again, why it seems so easy for the owners of the Washington football team to make […]

My new year wishes

My new year wishes

Happy New Year! January first and second are the days when most think of the “new” year, yet with the first Monday in January falling on January 6, that’s probably when most people will return to their desks withy focused energy and ready to go.  Post-its and scrawled notebook paper will trumpet “new” resolutions. Eat […]

Extend emergency unemployment insurance

Extend emergency unemployment insurance

In the last few days of the year, most Americans are wrapping up their holiday celebrations and pondering the promise of 2014. But millions of Americans who have been struggling the longest to find work in our slowly recovering economy are now facing deep uncertainty and despair instead of a Happy New Year. The budget […]