George E. Curry…What President Obama Should Do Next

(NNPA) — For Republicans, the Nov. 2 midterm elections were about 2012, not 2010.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made that clear in a speech to the Heritage Foundation.  He said, “…The fact is,...

Elijah Cummings…Our Sense of Priorities

The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, was quoted by the National Journal recently as declaring: “The single most important thing want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” This, to...

Joseph Phillips….Sell-outs at the NAACP

For decades the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People fought the good fight against racial discrimination. The organization was instrumental in defeating Jim Crow and discrimination in the workplace; it led the charge...

Adrienne T. Washington…No Supermanor SuperwomanNeeded to Fix D.C. Schools

Let’s get one thing straight from the outset: D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired herself. No surprise that Rhee’s resignation was announced two weeks ago at a press conference staged by outgoing D.C. Mayor...

Rep. Elijah Cummings…Our Right – and Our Reason – to Vote

I will never forget Election Day 2002 – nor will I ever stop fighting to defeat the political forces that would stoop to intimidation or trickery. Back in 2002, I arrived at my local voting...

Natalie M. Cofield…Demanding Jobs Doesn’t Prepare People to Make Them

A few weeks ago, tens of thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the One Nation March on Washington. The purpose of this rally:  jobs and equal access to fundamental human rights for all...

Jessie Lee…Banning Menthol Cigarettes Will Create a Huge Illegal, Contraband Market

A civilized society has to have a strong commitment to equal treatment in the administration of justice even when the topic might be unpopular. One of the roles of the National Organization of Black...

Dr. David Wilson…Painting A More Accurate Picture of HBCUs

I read with great interest Jason Riley’s commentary on historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in which he refers to Black colleges as “academically inferior.” Mr. Riley uses data convenient to his case...

Response to ‘WSJ’ article, ‘Black Colleges Need a New Mission’

If you start by tying together a bunch of surface observations – and deliberately ignore the causal factors lurking in the background – it's easy to come up with the conclusions Jason Riley spewed...

Lisa Fritsch…Our Father, Who Aren’t in Washington

Conservatives argue that the liberal social programs of the 1960s destroyed the Black family as the notion of the Black man as the patriarch of his family took a beating. In just a few generations,...

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin…Hate Crimes against the Homeless

Last week, I chaired an important judiciary subcommittee hearing that I found extremely upsetting and troubling. It focused on the increasing number of violent attacks on individuals who are homeless, a population that is...

George Curry…A Long View of Bishop Eddie Long’s Troubles

(NNPA) – Not surprisingly, embattled Bishop Eddie Long turned to the Bible to defend himself against charges by four men who filed suit last week in which they charged that as teenagers, Long showered...

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