Letter from Birmingham Jail

By Dr. Matthew V. Johnson Sr., PhD. In late January 2017, armored vehicles were deployed in Pratt City, Birmingham, Alabama, where I serve as pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, as support in serving...

Blacks and the Bush (41) Legacy

Submitted to the AFRO by Raynard Jackson Former British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill once said, “To every man there comes a time in his life when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and...

Refugees

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor The hysterics in connection with the Central American refugees seeking asylum in the USA would, under other circumstances, be comical. A few thousand people seeking to enter a...

Can a Woman’s Coalition Survive Petulant White Women?

Submitted to the AFRO by Julianne Malveaux I have had about enough of some white women! First, fifty-three percent of them vote for an odious genital grabber. Then, they organize a women’s march with momentum from the #MeToo...

Criminal Justice Reform Long Overdue for Black America

Submitted to the AFRO by Dr. Benjamin Chavis As a member of the infamous Wilmington Ten case in North Carolina from 1972 to 2012, I witnessed firsthand why the criminal justice system in the United States needed to be...

`Tell Them That We Matter’

Submitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead For the past five months. I have spent my days driving around and visiting the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. I visited the schools, the...

Paying for Higher Education

Submitted to the AFRO by Congressman Elijah Cummings As most of us are aware, higher education can be an essential key to financial success. By supplementing a high school diploma with a college degree, Americans can...

The Chisholm Legacy

Submitted to the AFRO by Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore Nov. 5th marked the historic 50th Anniversary of the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Shirley Chisholm. This important milestone marks...

Look to the Right For Corruption

Submitted by Tom H. Hastings When I was growing up a long time ago there was a presumption of prudential integrity for politicians. Yes, I suppose I was naïve, but as a boy from Minnesota I...

COMMENTARY: Is the FBI Underreporting the Surge in Hate Crimes?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The FBI has released it’s 2017 hate crimes statistics which revealed a 17 percent increase in incidents since 2016. In 2017 there were 8,493 victims and 6,307 known...

Our Vote: More Than A Desire for History, The Very Strides to Make It

Submitted to the AFRO by Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) The midterm election was nothing short of historic and yet again, our community is leading the United States of America towards progress. According to a CNN exit...

COMMENTARY: From a Digital Desert to an Entrepreneurial Hub

Submitted to the AFRO by Harry C. Alford and Kay DeBow The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has launched a prototype project that, if successful, will transform minority, low-income and rural communities from forgotten...

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