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From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

There is perhaps no American civil rights leader who generated as many divergent opinions as Malcolm X. As we near the 50th anniversary of his assassination of February 21, 1965, our nation will inevitably scrutinize his life, his work and his lasting impact on our country and our continuous struggle to address racial inequality and […]

Challenging our youth to read, write and think critically

Challenging our youth to read, write and think critically

I have to admit that I like using social media. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, I find myself using them to encourage, inspire, and promote ideas and concepts. Without a doubt, social media has taken over the lives of many people. They can’t live without it. Let’s face it – so many people […]

Time to invest in children

Time to invest in children

The president’s budget released this week proposes billions in critical new federal investments for 2016 and beyond to improve the life chances of millions of poor children. It also would prevent more harmful budget cuts in cost effective child investments while providing essential new investments to decrease the morally indefensible number of poor children (14.7 […]

Endless plastic bags smother planet earth

Endless plastic bags smother planet earth

Maybe it has always been like this. If so, I am not sure precisely what triggered my new concern. But in either case, there seems to be an exceptional amount of plastic on highways, streets, in bushes, etc. It is mainly in the form of used plastic bags. I became aware that it was entering […]

Each generation has something to offer

Each generation has something to offer

Whether it is in an inner city neighborhood across America, the Caribbean, in Europe or in a sprawling mass of people in an African or Brazilian urban area, millions of Black youth throughout the world are crying out for a better quality of life. They should always have a better life than their parents. I […]

Financial shackles still in place

Financial shackles still in place

As the annual, month-long Black History observance begins, now is a timely moment to reflect on the journey that previous generations of Blacks have trod in the continuing quest for total freedom and equality. From 1865’s Emancipation Proclamation, to 1954’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and 1965’s voting rights legislation, […]

Civic lessons and civil rights

Civic lessons and civil rights

Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of the evidence that Americans of all […]

Progressive candidates ignore race matters

Progressive candidates ignore race matters

From everything I read – I like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for President, but there are quite a few political action committees urging her to run. And like President […]

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to make more Black history. Black History Month is now celebrated around the world. We are grateful for the visionary leadership of noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson for being the founder of what was known as Negro History Week in 1926 that 44 years […]

Neither Obama nor Republicans have vision

Neither Obama nor Republicans have vision

Last week I thought Stevie Wonder gave a great State of the Union Speech. Oops, did I say Stevie Wonder, I meant to say President Obama. But like Stevie Wonder, I couldn’t see the America the president was describing in his speech. Listening to Obama, you would have thought that America, especially Blacks, had full […]