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What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

What killed President Kennedy and Trayvon Martin?

Tuesday, Feb. 26 marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a gun wielded by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after he saw Trayvon walking home from a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and bottle of Arizona iced tea. Black children, youths, and families know first-hand that the killing of Black children […]

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

Edward Robinson: An unknown giant

My offering to Black History Month is dedicated to a man whom I knew and by whom I had the pleasure of seeing history being made right before my eyes. His words rang out in prose and song on the initial occasion of our meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. On many occasions thereafter, I was […]

Lil Wayne insults memory of Emmett Till

Lil Wayne insults memory of Emmett Till

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was a watershed moment, marking the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement. While visiting relatives near Money, Miss., the Chicago native was murdered for allegedly whistling at a White woman. The brutal act was intended to send an unmistakable message to Black boys everywhere: If you […]

It’s time for us to deliver for Postal Service

It’s time for us to deliver for Postal Service

I have written about this previously but I am getting more and more concerned that the Postal Service will go the way of the dodo bird. Like virtually every other part of the legitimate role of government, the Postal Service is and has been under attack by conservatives. The perpetrators of the assault are the […]

Activists applaud HUD’s new anti-bias rule

Activists applaud HUD’s new anti-bias rule

A recent action by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has now formalized a national standard for determining violations of the Fair Housing Act. The new rule which takes into account “disparate impact” embraces a long-held civil rights view that housing discrimination and lending occur not only by intent; but also by effect. […]

Whitney Young: Powerbroker of Civil Rights Movement

Whitney Young: Powerbroker of Civil Rights Movement

7-12_2011_CVC_Online_Activity_Report He was one of the great civil rights leaders of his time – so influential that he graced the cover of an issue of Time magazine. He was on easy social terms with some of America’s leading corporate titans and a president of the United States. He was the last person to speak at […]

Can today’s Black leaders measure up to Medgar Evers?

Can today’s Black leaders measure up to Medgar Evers?

When Myrlie Evers-Williams gave the invocation at President Obama’s January inauguration, she was in part recognizing the vision and courage of her late great husband, Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, assassinated by a gun 50 years ago. Medgar was a huge inspiration for me. As a 22 year old, first year law student at […]

Connect with CARES to save our children

Connect with CARES to save our children

Six years after I first heard them, the statistics still haunt me: 86 percent of Black children in the fourth grade read and do math below their grade level. Black girls between the ages of 15 and 24 represent the greatest number of new HIV infections. Homicide is the leading cause of death for our […]

Preventing gun deaths requires action

Preventing gun deaths requires action

This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard. But the time is now. You must act. Be […]

Blacks moved to the back of the line – again

Blacks moved to the back of the line – again

Many of us have heard the saying, “If you’re White you’re all right; if you’re Yellow you’re fine and mellow; if you’re Brown, stick around; but if you’re Black get the h— on back.” Well, as Claud Anderson has said for years, “If Black folks didn’t get anything when we were in second place, what […]