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Sunday , May 27th 2018
Fear can immobilize you
By Dr. E. Faye Williams
May 24, 2018

Every time we turn on television, we hear “Breaking News” and it’s always something worse than the last news. It’s beginning to make many fearful of what could possibly be next. Even former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ventured out recently to say, “Without personal honor there is no leadership.” I think that was his […]


Golfing While Black: Five women asked to leave club for golfing too slow
By Sandra Thompson
May 19, 2018

On Saturday, April 21, I woke up excited, anticipating a round of golf at Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa. I was going to play with four ladies from “Sisters in the Fairway” (SITF), a group of about 15 professional, predominantly African American women in York County, Pa., who golf. SITF are women of various […]


National Museum for Peace and Justice opens
By Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
May 11, 2018

If we don’t know the whereas, the therefore doesn’t make sense. Witness the ovens in Auschwitz and Treblinka, and then you can understand the creation of Israel. Last week, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Ala., demanding a reckoning with one of this nation’s most repressed atrocities: the lynching of thousands […]


How do you mend a broken heart: The Cosby I know and the man who was convicted
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
May 4, 2018

I used to love me some Bill Cosby. Not only because he was America’s Big Daddy, but also because he was fun and funny. Most of the time that I was around him, I felt lifted. He had that deep, heh heh heh laugh, and that sweet smile, and then he loved some HBCUs, so […]


A Salute to Rev. Nelson Napoleon Johnson
By Akua Johnson Matherson and Ayo Samori Johnson
April 27, 2018

The Rev. Nelson Johnson is our father. He will be celebrating retirement from 25 years of pastoring at Faith Community Church and his 75th birthday on Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Dad’s good friend, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, will be the keynote speaker at […]


50 years after Fair Housing Act, still long way toward ending segregation
By Marc Morial
April 19, 2018

“The housing problem is particularly acute in the minority ghettos. Nearly two-thirds of all non-White families living in the central cities today live in neighborhoods marked with substandard housing and general urban blight. Two major factors are responsible. First: Many ghetto residents simply cannot pay the rent necessary to support decent housing. In Detroit, for […]


Will the HUD Secretary enforce the Fair Housing Act?
By Julianne Malveaux
April 13, 2018

The Fair Housing Act was passed a week after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. President Lyndon Johnson encouraged Congress to pass the legislation as a tribute to the slain civil rights leader, who, along with several civil rights organizations (including the NAACP), strongly supported the act. African American veterans’ organizations (including the American […]


On 50th anniversary of King’s assassination, we have work to do
By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
April 5, 2018

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished. But we cannot ignore the systematic effort – from the […]


Bipartisan energy for HBCUs
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
March 30, 2018

Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) ain’t nothing but the truth. From the time she was elected to Congress in 2014, she was committed to making a difference. One of her early acts was the founding of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, which she Co-Chairs with Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne. She has grown the Caucus to a […]


Razor-thin election results show the importance of voting
By Marc Morial
March 23, 2018

“Eight days after Bloody Sunday, President Lyndon Johnson spoke to a joint session of the Congress and made one of the most meaningful speeches any American president had made in modern time on the whole question of voting rights and introduced the Voting Rights Act. And at one point in the speech, before President Johnson […]


Lifting up new leaders: The future of Black women’s history
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
March 16, 2018

All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no […]


A 50 year plea to heal our divided society persists
By Marian Wright Edelman
March 9, 2018

“In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one Black, one White—separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, White supremacy violence, toxic inaction in Washington, and the decline of the nation’s example around the world.” This quote […]


Parkland High School students have the courage and will to reform gun laws
By Marc Morial
March 2, 2018

This is our first task, caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re […]


Failures on gun control fail our children
By Jesse Jackson
February 23, 2018

The United States is failing in what surely is the first duty of government — protecting our children from threats that they cannot deal with themselves. Voters and politicians are failing our children. After 17 students and teachers were killed and a dozen wounded on Valentine’s Day by an unbalanced 19-year-old firing an AR-15 rifle […]


Urban Leaguers are ready to fight for a fair and accurate 2020 Census
By Marc Morial
February 16, 2018

“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all […]


S***hole countries not a priority
By Julianne Malveaux
February 2, 2018

Our 45th President traipsed over to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a plan to rub elbows with world leaders, repair some relationships, and possibly shred even more. He had hardly landed before he started threatening to cut off aid to the Palestinians unless they participate in peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister […]


Behind the Black unemployment rate
By Julianne Malveaux
January 26, 2018

When the unemployment rate dropped and economic conditions improved under the leadership of President Barack Obama, 45 derided the gains as “fake news.” He suggested that the monthly Employment Situation (www.bls.gov) reports of the Bureau of Labor Statistics were inaccurate and “made up.” These are the monthly reports that detail employment statistics, including unemployment rates. […]


Dr. King’s call to ‘Give Us the Ballot’ is as relevant today as it was in 1957
By Barbara Arnwine and John Nichols
January 18, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first speech at the Lincoln Memorial was not his celebrated 1963 address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Six years earlier, when he was still a relative newcomer on the national scene, Dr. King addressed 25,000 civil-rights activists who had gathered at the memorial for the Prayer […]


Fifty years ago
By Julianne Malveaux
January 11, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born on January 15, 1929, turned 39 years old fifty years ago. Assassinated on April 4, 1968, he didn’t make it to 40. Yet in his scant 39 years on the planet, he upended the ways we think about race, capitalism, poverty, power, and imperialism. The powers that be –foundations, […]


The infrastructure hoax
By Julianne Malveaux
January 5, 2018

Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. Nearly ten percent of our bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, but 31 states spend less on school construction now than they did in […]


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