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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. […]

‘Justice’ in Black and White

‘Justice’ in Black and White

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA Their names will – or should – become household words: Brian Banks and Brock Turner.  Both are athletes. Both were good students with no criminal histories. One, Banks, is Black. Turner is White. Both were accused and convicted of rape. Banks was 16 and still in high school in […]

We need literacy warriors

We need literacy warriors

Dictionary defines warriors as “a person who fights in battle and is known for having courage and skill.” In “Roots,” reimagined Kizzy Kinte tells her dad, “Reading is my way of being a warrior, my way of feeling free inside.” Teaching enslaved people to read and write was illegal in most Southern states, so reading […]

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Last month, the National Urban League last week released our annual report on the social and economic status of people of color, the State of Black America®. This year’s edition, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice,” was especially significant because it marked the 40th anniversary of the report, first issued in 1976 by Vernon Jordan. […]

What about Harambe?

What about Harambe?

Since his shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo on June 28, the death of Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla, has created a firestorm of controversy in contemporary “culture wars.” There has been considerable second-guessing concerning the decision to shoot and kill the animal. Even worse, there has been unreasonable vilification of the parents of the 3-year-old […]

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Unless you are comfortable with little girls or women sharing bathrooms with men, you should be angry about the president’s new transgender bathroom directives that allow persons to use restrooms based on how they self-identify, rather than the sex stated on their birth certificates. The more radical wing of the transgender movement involves not only […]

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where at the end of World War II the U.S. became the first and only country to drop an atomic bomb. The president used the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Immediately, the […]