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Wednesday , September 28th 2016
Cone Health’s declaration of accountability corrects sins of the past
By Deborah H. Barnes, Ph.D.
September 23, 2016

On Thursday, September 15, 2016 Cone Health Board of Trustees celebrated the groundbreaking efforts of local African American physicians and dentists who sought to integrate the medical facilities at Cone Hospital in the 1960s. Numbering among the medical professionals, who sued the segregated hospital for access, was my father, Milton H. Barnes, a Greensboro dentist. […]


Republican Party rejects Black voters
By Jesse Jackson
September 19, 2016

Are Black voters so loyal to Democrats that their issues are ignored? Donald Trump suggests as much, arguing that Blacks have “nothing to lose” by voting for him. Now a column by Farai Chideya at FiveThirtyEight cites academics who make a similar argument. In recent elections, about 90 percent of the Black vote has gone […]


Insure all children
By Marian Wright Edelman
September 8, 2016

If asking parents this simple question could help ensure children stay healthier, do better in school, and even save a child’s life, should schools do it? More and more districts around the country are answering with a resounding yes! The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have just released Happy, Healthy, […]


90 million consumers save $2.2 billion each year without triple-digit interest loans
By Charlene Crowell
September 2, 2016

We read it, talk about it, even complain about it from time to time. But if you look close enough, the good news can still be found – like Olympic gold medalists of all colors winning in Rio, or a series of voter suppression laws ruled unconstitutional in several states. And there’s even more good […]


Ali was a disappointment to me
By Gabriel A. Fraire
August 19, 2016

Now that the White celebrations in memory of Muhammad Ali have passed, I feel I can write some truths. Muhammad Ali was a major disappointment for me, personally. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the guy. I thought he was the greatest fighter ever and not just in the boxing ring. He stood up for […]


Accounting: A pathway for career success
By Lisa A. Owens-Jackson and Charles F. Malone
August 12, 2016

For high school students planning for college, senior year can be an exciting and confusing time. Many students begin their college studies without a clear plan. The earlier a student develops a plan and selects his/her major the greater the likelihood of on-time degree completion (less tuition/fees). Parents and students have heard a great deal […]


A commitment to Democracy
By Julianne Malveaux
August 4, 2016

The North Carolina NAACP President, Rev. William Barber, tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28th. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibulator of our time,” to shock our nation with the power of love and morality. Rev. Barber did not […]


Why we can’t get along
By Lee A. Daniels
July 22, 2016

“Our nation is moving toward two societies, one Black, one White-separate and unequal … The alternative is not blind repression or capitulation to lawlessness. It is the realization of common opportunities for all within a single society.” Those words weren’t written or spoken to describe today’s crisis of race and injustice now being exposed, condemned […]


Stop the corporate takeover of public schools
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
July 15, 2016

Governor Patrick McCrory and the extremists in the General Assembly have been engaged in an extreme attack retrogressive campaign against public schools since the day they came to power. Today, Governor McCrory has on his desk another ideologically-driven attack on public education, House Bill 1080, which would allow for a back-door corporate takeover of public […]


An open letter to Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump
By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
July 8, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following letter was penned by Rev. Barber in advance of Donald Trump’s July 5 campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C. Your campaign, like the leadership of our Legislature and Governor, does not represent the politics of Lincoln, the call of justice, or the ethics of Biblical evangelicalism. Instead, your campaign presents an extremist […]


Supreme Court rejects challenge to affirmative action
By George Curry
July 1, 2016

In many instances, the Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action ruling upholding the University of Texas’s affirmative action program was overshadowed by a same-day order overturning President Obama’s executive order to ease illegal immigrants’ path to U.S. citizenship. World News Tonight With David Muir, while leading its broadcast with the immigration decision, didn’t even mention the […]


Orlando, my hometown
By Naari Honor
June 24, 2016

Although I now call Greensboro my home, there are pieces of my heart that will forever reside in Orlando, Florida. The city in which I was raised from the age of four years old. When I close my eyes I can still see my adolescent hands holding, what appeared to me at the time, larger […]


Excavating higher education’s sins of the past
By By Lee A. Daniels
June 10, 2016

Amid the pomp and circumstance of these weeks’ college and university graduation ceremonies, it’s worth noting the “excavation projects” going on at some of them and in higher education generally. What’s being dug up is more evidence of the depth and breadth of America’s betrayal of Black Americans and its own ideals. Specifically, during this […]


Dylann Roof does not derserve the death penalty
By Julianne Malveaux
June 3, 2016

Dylann Roof, the unrepentant racist who killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is – no question – a monster. He prayed with people before reciting racist cants and annihilating people. After his heinous acts, it was discovered that he was a rabid racist who had wrapped himself in […]


HB2 makes me feel less welcome, but the fight gives me hope
By Angela Gilmore
May 27, 2016

Six years ago, I moved to North Carolina to accept a one-year teaching position at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. My wife, also named Angela, and I, had just made the final repair on our home in Florida, where we planned to live for the rest of our lives. But during my year […]


The evolution of Gov. McCrory into right-wing culture warrior
By Chris Fitzsimon
May 13, 2016

One of the many repercussions of HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, is that it has forced McCrory to finally take a side in the debate about North Carolina’s future. Would he try to cling to his carefully crafted and misleading image as the moderate former mayor […]


Washington D.C.’s version of “Saturday Night Live”
By George E. Curry
May 6, 2016

Last Saturday, President Obama attended his eighth and final White House Correspondents’ Dinner as president. Below are my favorite Obama zingers from the night: I do apologize – I know I was a little late tonight. I was running on C.P.T. – (laughter) – which stands for “jokes that White people should not make.” (Laughter […]


Does anyone care about education?
By Gabriel A. Fraire
April 28, 2016

Americans do not support education. We give lip service to it. We like to think that free public education is a good thing and we often pat ourselves on the back about what a great job we do. But be honest. We don’t really care about being educated. We have all heard the story of […]


Our future is on the ballot in this election year
By Elijah Cummings
April 22, 2016

As I consider the consequences for our future during this critical election year, it is no overstatement to observe that our future will be on the ballots that will be cast on Election Day this November just as surely as will be the candidates for office. The virtually nonstop television coverage of the presidential candidates […]


We, the people, call for police video to be public now
By By Lewis Pitts
April 18, 2016

People want equal protection under the law. We do not want to hinder criminal investigations or violate legitimate privacy interests of anyone. The decision regarding withholding or redacting police video should not be made by the police or their supervisors. It should be made by a two-thirds vote of city council, which is directly responsible […]


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