“Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America

My father told me I could do and be anything I wanted to be, if I dreamed and worked hard enough for it. I...

State of the YOUnion

Two nights ago, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address and, as usual, he declared the state of our union is...

National Urban League’s 12-Point Blueprint for Job Creation

“Freedom has always been an expensive thing. History is a fit testimony to the fact that freedom is rarely gained without sacrifice and self-denial.”...

Is There Really a Deficit Crisis?

(TEWire) - In the wake of the State of the Union Address there is likely to be much partisan conversation about the direction of...

The Curious Case of Ali Mohammed

In the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2010, Ali Mohammed was chased from a U Street bar by an owner and four employees,...

Ben Wrobel…Scott Sisters, Free at Last

This month, Jaime and Gladys Scott walked out of prison 16 years after they first entered. Their double-life sentences were criticized as indicative of...

Len Bernstein…Art and the End of Racism

I was stirred deeply by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963 when I, a 13-year-old Jewish boy in Brooklyn, saw his televised speech...

George E. Curry…Racial and Ethnic Divide over Gun Rights

Columbine High School. The Washington, D.C. sniper.  Northern Illinois University. Virginia Tech. Red Lake Indian Reservation. Chicago school children. And now, Tucson, Ariz. In...

Elijah Cummings…It’s about what kind of country we want to be

Last week, Americans watched as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives began a concerted effort to destroy one of President...

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II…The ‘ought’ vs. the ‘is’

"Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence...

Letter to Dr. King

You didn't know me when you were here, But through your words I feel you are near. I was too young for the demonstration, But I learned...

Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III…The Hate that Hate-filled Dialogue Produces

(TEWire) - While conducting a town hall meeting in Tucson, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot in the head Jan. 8. She struggles for...