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Thursday, August 18, 2022
With extremism on the rise in Republican Party, Kansas voters turn out to preserve abortion rights
By Ben Jealous
August 12, 2022

Red flags are flying for democracy and democratic values. We need to pay attention to the threats—and also to signs that we can work together to preserve our freedoms. This summer’s primary elections are making it clear that our rights and freedoms are threatened by the rising power of extremists within the Republican Party. Consider […]

Encouraging Teachers
By Marian Wright Edelman
August 5, 2022

“Teaching children may be the highest way to seek God. It is, however, also the most daunting way, in the sense of the greatest responsibility.” – Gabriela Mistral, Chilean Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature For many children and families the last weeks of summer are winding down now, but for many devoted teachers preparing for […]

Exploitative overdraft fees strip $15B from bank customers
By Charlene Crowell
July 29, 2022

Runaway prices for food, fuel and housing make most consumers anxious about whether they will have enough money for a given month. Even after adjusting spending to stretch dear dollars is far as possible, a lot of people remain perplexed about what else can be done to hold on in these hard times. Customers with […]

His name is George Floyd
By Ben Jealous
July 21, 2022

George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer just over two years ago. His killing sparked a movement to end unjustified police killings and racist law enforcement practices. Sadly, the killings have not stopped. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was blocked by Senate Republicans last year. The struggle continues in communities large […]

Black Women’s Double Student Debt Whammy: Twice as Likely to Owe More Than $50K, Have Decreased Savings
By Charlene Crowell
July 15, 2022

In mid-June the Federal Reserve, nation’s central bank, raised interest rates in hopes of curbing rising inflation and deterring a full-blown recession. Chief among its responsibilities, the Fed’s duty is to develop “appropriate monetary policy”. For much of Black America, many would welcome money itself – funds to provide stable day-to-day living, the ability to […]

Leaving our Panther at the Aggieland Playground
By Candace J. Semien
July 8, 2022

Rarely do you expect a teenager to casually rattle off some profound insight. Even rarer is it to get him to elaborate on the statement. As we traveled from Louisiana to NC A&T for the New Student Orientation, we drove through Greensboro neighborhoods comparing them to “home”. Dad said, “Noooow, we are in the big […]

A Fantastic, Terrific, Great Summer “Freedom School, how do you feel? GRRRREAT! All! Day! Long!”
By Marian Wright Edelman
July 1, 2022

If you heard a call-and-response chant like this, you might be sitting in the middle of Harambee at a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools site—and you would know that another Freedom Summer is in full swing. Rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, the CDF Freedom Schools program is a high-quality academic […]

Queen Tiye’s Kitchen
By Oscar H. Blayton
June 24, 2022

“The kitchen don’t lie” was a saying I heard often during my childhood. In the 1950s in my part of Virginia, Saturday evenings saw a lot of African American sisters finish washing the dinner dishes and place a hot comb on top of the stove and begin to “do hair,” getting ready for Sunday service. […]

Are American classrooms producing mass shooters?
By Oscar H. Blayton
June 16, 2022

Let’s face it. With all the mass shootings in America today, it is difficult to tease out the various motivations that prompt murderers to unleash their automatic weapons on unsuspecting and innocent individuals they do not even know. This country being awash in guns is certainly a major contributor to the constant carnage. But a […]

Despite years of payments, Black student loan balances go up – not down
By Charlene Crowell
June 10, 2022

With every passing day, urgency grows to cancel the nation’s $1.7 trillion student loan debt. The current federal pause on payments and interest rates will expire on August 31. If no federal action is taken before that date, 15 million borrowers already struggling with the unfortunate combination of unsustainable debt and little or no wealth […]

What are we doing?
By Marian Wright Edelman
June 3, 2022

The funerals for the ten Black community members who were murdered while grocery shopping in Buffalo on May 14 are not even over—but it happened again. This time, children. Thursday should have been the last day of school and the start of summer vacation for teachers and students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. […]

Speaking of Theories …
By Oscar H. Blayton
May 27, 2022

Marcel Verdier’s 1840s painting, “Punishment of the Four Stakes/Pegs in the Colonies,” depicts an enslaved Black man, staked naked and spread-eagle face down on the ground as he is whipped by another enslaved man, while a White planter, joined by his wife and infant child casually look on. This painting speaks to the power of […]

Hungry children still need help
By Marian Wright Edelman
May 20, 2022

As the school year winds down, once again millions of children and families are facing the reality that hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation. This has been especially true over the last two years. Many of the lines at food pantries that started forming at the beginning of the pandemic still have not disappeared, and […]

Pay attention Roe v. Wade & the far right’s extreme plans
By Ben Jealous
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
By Oscar H. Blayton
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
By Ben Jealous
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
By Ben Jealous
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
By Ben Jealous
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
By Ben Jealous
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
By Marian Wright Edelman
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 […]


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