HBCUs Continue to Fill a Major Void

By Maria Thompson, Special to the AFRO As we all know, HBCUs were established because of segregation and a lack of adequate higher learning opportunities for African Americans.  But what most Americans don’t know or...

NAACP: Facebook Fails the Black Community

By Derrick Johnson, Special to the AFRO “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” That was a question Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posed...

5 Ways to Cut the College Price Tag

By Robert Weinert Jr., Special to the AFRO Working as a Financial Aid Counselor, families often ask me how they can pay for college. More often than not this conversation takes place during the student’s...

Building the Political Courage to Save Lives

By Elijah Cummings and Elizabeth Warren, Special to the AFRO Our nation’s substance use crisis—which has as its epicenter the opioid epidemic—must compel our government to act. Like the plagues of old, the growing national toll...

Linda Brown’s Legacy and the Continued Fight for Universal Good Public Education

By Rich Madaleno and Luwanda Jenkins The loss of Linda Brown is a great loss to our country. While her name will forever be a part of American civil rights history, all elected public officials...

Let’s Talk About Sex and Consent

By Marlyn Thomas, Special to the AFRO Salt n’ Pepa’s 1991 track melodically instructs us, “Let’s talk about sex...let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that could be.” Almost thirty years...

Time to End the Prince George’s County Pay Gap

By Donna Edwards, Special to the AFRO This week, our nation marked the 22nd observance of Equal Pay Day -- the day when women will make the same amount of money their male counterparts made...

Update on HBCU Coalition’s Lawsuit Against Maryland

By Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr., Special to the AFRO In 2006, a coalition of HBCU students, alumni and other HBCU supporters filed a lawsuit in the Maryland Federal District Court against the State of Maryland alleging...

Mayor Pugh Should Think Twice Before Signing Foam Ban Bill

By Casey Jenkins, Special to the AFRO Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh gave her second State of the City address on March 12, laying out a bold vision for the future of Baltimore City. After saying that...

Homegrown DC School Leaders Need More Support

By Dr. Ramona Edelin, Special to the AFRO With the scandal surrounding the federal investigation into inflated high-school graduation rates at D.C. Public Schools—the traditional public school system—and the decision of the charter board to revoke...

Time to Tell the Truth About Education Funding

By Nathaniel McFadden, Special to the AFRO I am writing in response to the article written by Delegate Cory McCray in the March 2 edition of the AFRO. In the era of Donald Trump “alternative facts”...

Dr. King’s Vision and Our Democracy Restored

By Elijah Cummings, Special to the AFRO On April 4, America will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest hours in our national history. We will pause to recall that heartbreaking moment in...

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