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Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the voting rights movement

Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the voting rights movement

To do research for a documentary on Brother Malcolm X’s influence on the Black Power Movement, I joined with the conceiver of the project, Thomas Muhammad, interviewer Dr. Tara White, executive producer Lori Malihoit, videographers Evans Mitchell and William Hicks on an over 1,500-mile journey to Lowndes County, Ala., Selma, Ala., and Dallas, Texas. The […]

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

Time for ‘good trouble’ inside, outside Congress

Congressman John Lewis’ call to action in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22 was the beginning of an extraordinary event in our nation’s Capitol. Members of Congress participated in a nonviolent occupation of the floor. How refreshing to see Lewis and his Congressional colleagues protesting the egregious fact that even in the wake […]

Murder and the judgment of history

Murder and the judgment of history

“Investigation of the 1964 Murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman: Case Closed.” So stated federal and Mississippi state officials this past week in declaring at an end their long attempt to bring to justice all the men who had committed one of the most notorious crimes in modern American history – the […]

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. […]