Julianne Malveaux…Five Years After the Levees Broke

(NNPA) - On Aug. 29, we will commemorate five years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, broke its levees and drowned the city in feet of water.  Five years ago our nation exhibited some...

Celebrating 90 Years of Women Voting

When my great-grandmother arrived in Baltimore from Poland, she was 16 years old, here to marry a man she’d never met. She had no money in her pocket, but she had the American dream...

Support the NAACP

Back in March, I delivered a speech to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet in my home state of Georgia. I drew on my personal life story to urge poor people, White and Black, to...

Chris Jack Hill…Mass Incarceration for Troubled Black Youth

After Davon was arrested at the tender age of 16, he was charged with murder. His slinky arms and slender frame fit perfectly in a small holding cell at the juvenile unit in Baltimore...

Elijah Cummings…Standing up for America’s Priorities

Americans are recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and I am confident we will succeed. However, we also must consider where we and our families will be, economically, when our...

Rawle Andrews Jr….Social Security Anniversary

This month we mark the diamond anniversary of a national treasure – Social Security, signed into law on Aug. 14, 1935. It’s a time to celebrate Social Security’s remarkable success. It’s also a time...

Susan Barnes…The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did On Computer

I just upgraded to Windows 7, and the way I did it was the dumbest thing I've ever done to this computer. What saved me was that the computer is a great brand and...

Rev. S. Todd Yeary, Ph.D…A Tragic Indifference

Once again, the United States Congress has failed to correct the government’s modern institutional injustice against Black farmers. After years of racist neglect of Black farmers by the Department of Agriculture that ultimately led...

Arlene Holt Baker…Save Our Homes Fight Foreclosures in D.C.

For many Americans, protecting your home just gets harder and harder. Just ask Gloria. After trying to refinance her home in 2004, she and her husband were saddled with an adjustable rate mortgage. Now,...

Deborah Mathis…Idea to Repeal 14th Amendment Sick, Desperate

Sociologists and historians would remind us that it is the kind of thing to be expected when the country is in social upheaval and economic stress. Folks start looking for scapegoats, and they usually...

Ron Walters…Blacks Split With Obama Over Education Reform

(NNPA) — At the recent National Urban League convention, President Obama’s speech took aim at criticisms launched by the Black civil rights community over the educational reforms proposed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The...

Life is a ‘Pre-existing Condition’

Last March, President Obama invited me to join him at the White House as he signed our Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law. While waiting for the President to arrive at...

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