A Time to Stand Up and Represent

Beginning in the early eighties, Black people across the country streamed to Atlanta drawn by its job opportunities, affordable housing, and Black political clout.

Low-Income Children to get shafted by Congress

Congress is about to strike a deal that takes care of seniors and doctors but leaves low-income and “at-risk” children short.

To Be Equal: Inequity in Education Funding Shortchanges America’s Future

“That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy.

188 Years of Black Press Excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America.


Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards.

Tell the EPA: First Do No Harm  

You’ve probably heard the familiar oath: “First, do no harm.” It’s the pledge doctors are obliged to follow when treating an illness or injury.

Blackonomics: Black Dollars Matter!

The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase.

Selma’s Lessons and Challenges

Last week, the nation marked the 50th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday, and the march from Selma to Montgomery that led directly to passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The movie ‘Selma’ has reminded millions of that momentous ...

Twin Evils: Terrorism and Racism

There are two related violent phenomena in that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism.

No ESEA Bill Is Better Than a Bad One

For 50 years Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) has been the primary source of federal funding targeted to schools to serve poor children.

More Evidence of Obama’s Hostility Toward HBCUs

As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Hi Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity

This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant.

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 ...

Poverty Doesn’t Have to be a State of Mind

The racial differential in the poverty rate is staggering. Last time I checked, about 12 percent people in the United States, one in eight people are poor. Depending on race and ethnicity, however, poverty is differently experienced.

LBJ Doesn’t Deserve Credit for Selma

Joseph Califano’s statement that Selma was Lyndon B. Johnson’s idea is patently false. Although the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had come to Alabama earlier to organize to obtain the right to vote, for me, the Alabama Right to Vote ...