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Ending violence against women

Ending violence against women

March is the official month to “discuss” women and it could not arrive too soon. What is sad about both Black History Month (February) and International Women’s Month (March) is that too many of us think that those are the only legitimate times of the year to discuss the issues affecting these respective groups. In […]

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Black Americans’ never-ending challenge

Within a matter of days late last month, four controversies erupted that acutely underscore the crux of Black Americans continuing challenge in this land. In one, Emory University President James W. Wagner seemed to suggest that the bargaining among the delegates at the Constitutional Convention that produced the infamous three-fifths clause of the Constitution was […]

Afro-American Caribbean organization hosts festival

Afro-American Caribbean organization hosts festival

Each February, hundreds of visitors attend the Black Heritage Festival, created 32 years ago by the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO). They’ve curated the itinerary, mixing music, dance, inspirational speeches, and vendors. They’ve imbued passion for appreciating the cultural contributions of African-Americans and African-Caribbean Americans. They’ve advanced international, interracial, and interfaith understanding. The festival showcased […]

Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

Obama targeting Hispanics, but not Blacks

I have been extremely critical of President Obama for using the Black community as his personal political pawn. I have been just as critical of the Black community’s acceptance of that treatment. There are so many other issues I would like to write about — Africa, economics, international trade, etc. – but I feel compelled […]

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 […]