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Pay attention Roe v. Wade & the far right’s extreme plans

May 13, 2022

Things are about to get worse for millions of vulnerable people in our country. It looks like the far right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 50-year-old ruling that recognized a pregnant person’s right to have an abortion. Abortion is legal today, but pretty soon that […]

Being Black can cost an arm and a leg

May 6, 2022

COVID-19 is not the only epidemic plaguing America’s Black community today. The respected medical journal, The Lancet, has reported, “The epidemic of amputations among Black communities across the USA is a brutal reminder of the enduring complications of [diabetes] among underserved populations…” Other prestigious publications have characterized this epidemic as an indictment of our health […]

An extraordinary life, linking past and present

April 29, 2022

I was trained to fight by my grandmother, Mamie Bland Todd. She would often remind me, “Pessimists are right more often, but optimists win more often.” “In this life you have to decide what’s more important to you.” Then she would add, “As for me, I’ll take winning.” My favorite optimist died recently at 105. […]

Across America, students must learn all history

April 22, 2022

Black history is American history. That shouldn’t be a controversial statement. But thanks to politicians like Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, teaching honestly about history is getting downright dangerous. Youngkin got elected in part by embracing a dishonest campaign launched by far-right activists to make parents fear that teaching about racism represents some kind of sinister […]

Far-right smears of Judge Jackson show why we can’t let them take power

April 14, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history this week when the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. That is cause for celebration. When Judge Jackson is sworn in as Justice Jackson later this year, she will become the first Black woman to serve on our highest court. And she will become […]

Fighting the corruption of power

April 8, 2022

We keep learning more about the attack on the U.S. Capitol. And we keep learning more about the many schemes former President Donald Trump and his team tried to use to overturn the 2020 presidential election. In some ways, it is discouraging. We know just how badly Trump’s inner circle was corrupted by his desire […]

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Breaking another barrier

March 25, 2022

At the White House event where President Biden introduced her as the nominee for the United States Supreme Court, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gave a moving speech describing her journey from her early childhood as the daughter of public school teachers to her nomination to the highest court in the nation. She ended by sharing […]

My name ain’t “Toby!”

March 17, 2022

Almost everyone of a certain age has memories of watching “Roots,” the television adaption of Alex Haley’s epic novel that first aired in the 1970s. One of the most painful scenes in this drama is when the White plantation overseer demands that the enslaved Kunta Kinte accept the slave-name “Toby,” and has him whipped to […]

Revisiting Fannie Lou Hamer

March 11, 2022

On February 22 the wonderful documentary Fannie Lou Hamer’s America received its broadcast premiere on PBS. Mrs. Hamer’s grandniece Monica Land, one of the film’s producers, began with the idea of creating a documentary that would highlight the personal and family side of her “Aunt Fannie Lou.” But as she and her colleagues started their […]

Let’s talk about Celia

March 4, 2022

At 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 1855, Celia was hung in Callaway County, Missouri. Her crime: Defending herself against a rapist who had sexually assaulted her for years. There is no documentation of Celia’s birth date, birthplace or parentage. Her recorded history begins when she was purchased at the age of 14 in 1850 by […]


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