Commentary

  • We Can’t Afford to Wait

    In the critically acclaimed book, Why We Can’t Wait, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.” In the awe-inspiring treatise, ranked #78 on Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction works, Dr. ...

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  • Feel. Talk. Act

    There’s no need to rehearse here the facts of what happened in North Charleston, S. C. on April 4, the latest fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man by a White police officer.  Not to mention another fatal shooting just a few days earlier in Tulsa County, Okla. According to authorities, a White ...

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  • What Good are Democrats?

    It is time that we dispel the mythology around Maryland being a political progressive state. Being a Democrat in Maryland is pretty meaningless as an indicator of your political ideology or values. We live in a state in which a 3rd of the population is made up of Black people, yet the Maryland ...

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  • Hunger Doesn’t Get a Summer Vacation

    Many children and families eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children, ...

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  • Full Employment for Everyone

    Nationally, we now have witnessed more than five years of significant job creation. Unemployment, which reached 10 percent during the depths of the Bush Recession, has been cut nearly in half. Yet, for far too many of our nation’s working families, the positive economic statistics heralding a ...

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  • WE HAVE WAITED AND WAITED; IT’S TIME TO VOTE!

    The debate on Loretta Lynch continues beyond human understanding.  A simple review of politics in Washington since President Barack Obama has been President defies imagination. Cases in point are the 2014 nominations of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney General and Ashton Carter for Secretary of ...

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  • The State of Black America – Part 1, Education

    “What the people want is very simple: they want an America as good as its promise.” - Texas Congresswoman Barbara C. Jordan There’s no other way to say it.  Black America is in crisis. Over the past year, we have been bombarded with headlines that continue to drive home the longstanding ...

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  • The Easter Monday Tradition

    It may seem strange, but I have noticed that traditions thrive only when they are allowed to grow and change. Cling to them too rigidly, and they tend to wither and lose their relevance. One clear example that springs to my mind–the Easter Monday festivities at the National Zoo. This ...

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  • Is Democracy Overrated?

    Long before China and India became the economic wonders of Asia, there was Singapore, a small, diverse country with no natural resources that took the audacious step of breaking away from the Malaysian federation in 1965 to become an independent nation. Lee Kuan Yew, the new country’s founding ...

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  • U.S. Criminal Justice System Needs Urgent Reform

    I know from firsthand experience that the criminal justice system today in the United States is in serious and urgent need of reform, repair and restructuring. Millions of families have been devastated by the overcriminalization of people in America. Black American families in particular have ...

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  • The Hypocrisy of Black College Hatred

    During the month of February, the C-SPAN bus traveled to eight historically Black college campuses to provide viewers with insight on these institutions. Since these are my colleagues, I made sure I watched each as this was great exposure not only for their campuses, but for all historically ...

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