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...

Elijah Cummings…A Time to Stand Up and Fight

Two years ago, we stood up and led as Americans of good conscience came together in an historic effort to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. Now, once again, we must...

An Open Letter on Poverty to America’s Local, State and National, Leaders

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The US Census Bureau's recent report on poverty in the United States is a clarion call to our nation and our elected leaders. We in the United States possess the greatest resources...

Justice Now For Black Farmers

Most African Americans in America are not more than a few generations removed from the farm. At the turn of the century there were more than a million Black farm families. But, in Washington,...

Haiti: Accounting for the Money

(NNPA) — President Obama showed positive leadership after the catastrophe in Haiti by pledging the resources of the United States government to our neighbor in need.  Yet, eight months after the quake, many of...

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