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Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thank You, Black Women
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
September 24, 2021

When California governor Gavin Newsom woke up on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, I hope he fell to his knees and said, “Thank you, God, thank you, Black women.” To be sure, there are many others to thank, from the energized Chicanx/Latinx community to the Democrats who surged to the polls at the last minute. Some […]

Lift Every Voice
By Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman & Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland
September 17, 2021

Some have said the seeds of democracy were planted in the first book of the Bible, specifically with the announcement that humans are made in the Image of God. Indeed, God announced to the heavenly host on the 6th day after five previous days of extravagant creation, “’Let us make humankind in our image, . […]

A Red Flag on the West Coast
By Ben Jealous
September 10, 2021

In just a few days, California will wrap up its recall election targeting Governor Gavin Newsom, a scheme orchestrated by a Far Right still seething over the Big Lie. At fi rst glance that may seem like a problem that only affects California. But it’s not, and the red flag being raised in the West […]

To Labor Day and Labor Days Ahead
By Ray Curry
September 3, 2021

In 1882, a union man, Peter J. McGuire, founder of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and an early supporter of the creation of the American Federation of Labor, suggested setting aside a day for a “general holiday for the laboring classes.” Almost 130 years later, Labor Day continues to celebrate those who did the […]

The child tax credit: Making the right choice
By Marian Wright Edelman
August 27, 2021

“Groceries. I am pregnant, and I eat like a teenage boy. We needed more food. So it – it worked out perfectly.” That’s what Endia Villar, a working parent in Texas who is expecting her second child, told a reporter she did with her recent Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment—and she wasn’t alone. Families across […]

Remembering the Rosenwald Schools
By Marian Wright Edelman
August 19, 2021

As students start a new school year, this is a chance to honor the legacy of a group of schools that educated hundreds of thousands of Black children. From 1913 to 1932, nearly 5,000 “Rosenwald schools” were built in 15 states, mostly in rural Southern communities. These schools were built specifically to educate Black children, […]

To protect Democracy, we have to fix the Supreme Court
By Ben Jealous
August 13, 2021

It’s been six months since the Biden-Harris administration began, ushering in an era of hope after four bitter and disheartening years. We have much to celebrate. At the same time, there are ways in which our future is wavering on a knife’s edge: will we fulfill the promise of a more inclusive democracy, or be […]

Rep. Cori Bush is my shero
By Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D.
August 6, 2021

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) was once homeless. She wrote movingly ( about sleeping with her babies in her car, with no place to go, nowhere to wash except a McDonald’s restroom, nowhere to exhale. She was homeless and working, and among a group that has coined the term “unhoused” to convey the pain of living […]

Whitewashing history and suppressing voters go hand in hand
By By Ben Jealous
July 30, 2021

There’s been a lot of news about the Democratic legislators in Texas who fled the state to prevent Republicans from pushing through sweeping new voter suppression laws. Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to have them arrested to force them to attend a special session of the state legislature. Now it turns out that voter suppression […]

A blue-collar blueprint for the nation’s infrastructure
By By Charlene Crowell
July 23, 2021

As the country continues to increase COVID-19 vaccinations, businesses and consumers alike still struggle with evolving versions of daily life. At the same time, there is little disagreement that sustained effort is needed for a return to stability – not only in public health, but in personal finance and the larger economy as well. By […]

Still Riding
By Marian Wright Edelman
July 16, 2021

“Boarding that Greyhound bus to travel through the heart of the Deep South, I felt good. I felt happy. I felt liberated. I was like a soldier in a nonviolent army. I was ready.” — Congressman John Lewis In 1961, my dear friend and late Congressman John Lewis was a 21-year-old student leader from American […]

The insurrection and the lost cause
By Ben Jealous
July 8, 2021

A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. Just six months ago. But many Republican […]

The Child Tax Credit: Here to Help
By Marian Wright Edelman
July 2, 2021

For millions of American families struggling to make ends meet, help is on the way. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was created in 1997 to help families meet their everyday expenses raising children but often failed to reach the poorest families who needed it most. Happily, that has been changed with the American Rescue Plan […]

Rebirth of a nation
By E. Faye Williams, Esq.
June 25, 2021

Some of my “vintage” or “experienced” readers may remember or actually saw the movie, Birth of a Nation. Not the 2016 Nate Parker version, I refer to the 1915 silent film, originally called The Clansman, by D. W. Griffith. In short, it glorified the KKK and denigrated civil and human rights for formerly enslaved persons […]

Juneteenth is an opportunity to confront the nation’s “Hard History”
By Marc Morial, Esq.
June 18, 2021

“Slavery is hard history. It is hard to comprehend the inhumanity that defined it. It is hard to discuss the violence that sustained it. It is hard to teach the ideology of white supremacy that justified it. And it is hard to learn about those who abided it. We the people have a deep-seated aversion […]

Tulsa, Namibia, Hitler, January 6: History Matters
By Roger Manus
June 11, 2021

“I wish I had the flexibility to teach a lot of things.” That was the response of my tenth-grade history teacher to my request to learn more about Black history. It was February of 1968. The civil rights movement was still going strong. Two months later, Dr. King would be assassinated. Significantly, I was raising […]

The False Republican Mantra: ‘America is not a racist country’
By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
May 13, 2021

“America is not a racist country.” This is quickly becoming a Republican mantra. Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, used it in his rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s address to the Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican weathervane, echoed him, as did Republicans across the country. Scott went on to accuse […]

The question
By E. Faye Williams, Esq.
May 7, 2021

QUESTION: “To defund or not to defund?” From my perspective, I see that question as a distraction from the ‘real’ issue which is, “How do we reform ‘policing’ into true public safety?” I concur with those who advocate a realignment of law enforcement budgets to incorporate the employment of mental health and counseling personnel. De-escalation […]

A deal too good to pass up
By Susan Fitzgibbon Shumaker and Erica Palmer Smith
April 29, 2021

We have an increasingly beneficial deal at our doorstep to close North Carolina’s health insurance coverage gap for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians – just the kind of fuel our economy and pandemic recovery efforts need. The federal government’s new $1.9 trillion stimulus package makes significant additional funding available for states that close their […]

‘My Daddy’s going to change the world’
By E. Faye Williams, Esq.
April 21, 2021

“My Daddy!” are two words which, arguably, identify the second most important person in the life of a child. Sometimes he is the most important. For many, “Daddy” is the first word spoken and, from all of my discussions on the matter, brings great joy to the person called by that name. From all visuals […]


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