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Graduation Season: Celebrating accomplishments, committing to equality

May 23, 2019

“You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” — James Weldon Johnson. Each year I have the privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities large and small, across the country. Most recently I had […]

The Dudley-A&T Revolt Revisited

May 17, 2019

The Struggle for Democracy and Beloved Community in Greensboro’s 1969 Segregated, Jim Crow School System May 23 and 24, 2019 will mark 50 years since North Carolina A&T State University (A&T) was assaulted by 650 National Guard troops. The troops fired 50 caliber machine guns into Scott Hall and lobbed tear gas canisters through the […]

GOP, not Russia, is greater threat to free elections

May 10, 2019

We all have heard about WikiLeaks and Russian interference in the 2016 election. The report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has once more put that on the front pages. Too often lost in the furor, however, is the far more damaging TrikiLeaks — the tricks and laws used to suppress the vote by partisans, largely […]

We must address the crimes of big banks

May 2, 2019

Last week, as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., convened a House Financial Services Committee hearing, featuring the CEOs of Wall Street’s biggest banks, the financial watchdog group Better Markets released a stunning report on the banks’ criminal records: Wall Street’s Six Biggest Bailed-Out Banks: Their RAP Sheets and Their Ongoing Crime Spree. The report profiled the […]

Hate crime surge continues with burning of Black churches

April 25, 2019

“A lot of people want to make it a hate thing. Well, we don’t represent hate. We represent love. Togetherness. Peace. Long suffering. Hope. That’s what we’re here today to say, not just to our community, but to our country. Be strong.” — Rev. Gerald Toussaint, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of three […]

CEPB denied duty to protect military personnel from predator lenders

April 19, 2019

America’s 1.29 million member-strong, all-volunteer military includes men and women from all 50 states, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. Regardless of race or ethnicity, each made a choice and swore an oath to protect our nation. Together, they wear our nation’s uniforms and carry our flag on assignments and deployments in times […]

After 51 years, fair housing still an unfinished journey

April 12, 2019

Fifty-one years this month, the Fair Housing Act (the Act) was enacted to ensure that housing discrimination was illegal. Yet just days before the annual observance of Fair Housing Month began, headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still exists. For example, on March 19, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency […]

The Martial South and Marcus Smith

April 5, 2019

The lens or perspective we view current events is guided by our knowledge of history and moral compass. I hope my words giving just a tad of Southern history plus your moral compass will provide a context and give you a civic lens to view the Greensboro police hogtying and death of an African American, […]

College admissions scandal highlights rampant inequalities

March 22, 2019

I have probable cause to believe that the defendants conspired with others known and unknown: (1) to bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams; (2) to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite universities to designate certain applicants as recruited athletes or as other favored candidates, thereby facilitating the applicants’ […]

Payday loan regulation supported by lawmakers and more than 50 advocates

March 15, 2019

On March 7, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the first time that the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared for a hearing in this capacity. Entitled, Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” the session is the first of two […]


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