Sharing the Freedom Soapbox with D.C. Statehood

When she was a couple of months shy of 16, Lea Adams ’s father, Joel, a rare African American who carried the rank of U.S. Army colonel, took her to the 1963 March on...

The Great American Racial Abyss

The summer of 2010 will not only be remembered for record-beating heat but also record-baiting racism. It’s ironic that 18 months into the historic presidency of Barack Obama this nation is sweltering in intolerance,...

Finally Addressing Some of the Injustices in the American Criminal Justice System

One of the big topics at the NAACP’s annual convention in Philadelphia in July was the Criminal Justice system. The field, which has been under ongoing scrutiny amongst Blacks, was not only addressed by...

Thanks for the Memories

From entertainers to business moguls and models, the world lost a number of standout figures in 2010. News of their deaths sent shockwaves throughout the public, as fans mourned their losses. Here, the AFRO...

Hold the Police Accountable; Don’t Burn the Block Down

Time and time again we destroy our own neighborhoods when something terrible happens. We did it in Detroit, we did in Los Angeles, we did it in Baltimore. And now, we're doing it again...

Encourage a Veteran to Get, Stay Healthy

On behalf of the employees and volunteers at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System, I would like to thank our veterans for their military service and to wish them and their families...

Bonds Beats Back Critics

Democrat Anita Bonds, who beat back five challengers and a biased media campaign to win her at-large seat on the D.C. Council in April 23 special election, attributed her win to “people who know...

Two Black Fathers Making a Stand Against Violence

From the statehouses of Florida and North Carolina to the highways, streets, drives, boulevards, ways, courts and other roadways named after Dr. Martin Luther King, this summer has witnessed a resurgence of African American...

Writers’ Reflections 2012

  Teria Rogers  My favorite story that I covered this year was the “Many Blacks in D.C. Still Worried Despite Steep Drop in Killings” piece. This was my favorite because as a student in D.C. Public Schools,...

Signs of an O’Malley Presidential Run?

In the whirlwind mania leading up to the Super Bowl last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, appearing on a CBS morning show from New Orleans, was asked not only about the Baltimore Ravens’ prospects...

The Curtain Rises on Black Women Candidates

Will “This Girl is on Fire,” be the rallying cry for African American women candidates in the upcoming campaign season? It’s already been adopted by one Democratic candidate, D.C. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser,...

The Enormous Blessing of Marion Barry’s Incessant Civil Rights Spirit

Washington D.C., indeed the entire Black community of this country, lost an enormous historical civil rights figure when former Washington D.C. Mayor passed away unexpectedly last week. The AFRO has had a long history...

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