The Invisible Achievement Gap

Across the country it’s back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children, especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this...

CHANGE WE CAN DISBELIEVE

Trice Edney – Like me, many of my friends are enthusiasts of history and historical facts.  When possible, we'll sit and dissect what we understand of historical events and how they have shaped our...

Blackonomics – Praying and Fasting

Remember the Jena Six?  Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, La., in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice.  After all the speeches, threats, marches and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really...

Education for All Can Conquer Poverty

As we observe Martin Luther King Day, one in three children in the nation’s capital lives in poverty, according to U.S. Census figures—up from about one in four two years ago. This makes the...

Justice Scalia’s Comments on Black Academic Ability Lack Context

It’s hard to imagine where exactly Justice Scalia was going during yesterday’s Fisher v. University of Texas arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Citing points from an anonymous amicus brief, Scalia suggested that placing Black...

The Historic Bond that Ties African-Americans and Independents Together

Last week I joined Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network on the march from Selma to Montgomery. I am one of the 40 percent of Americans who are independent of both the...

It’s Time to Fight Not a War on Drugs but a War on Drug...

So I’ve decided this morning, with everything going on, that I would talk a little bit about what’s going on in terms of our criminal justice system. And specifically because of this - our...

Maryland’s Historically Black Universities: Racial Underperformance is not Racial Inferiority

For more than 20 years the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) have treated the underperformance of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as near normal. During...

Small Win against Crushing Tide—SCOTUS Says Yes to Race Factor in College Admissions

On June 23, the Supreme Court of the United States provided a small, yet meaningful win for affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas.  Affirmative action strategies are intended to improve education and employment...

Let us Unite in PrayerMay 1, National Prayer Day

May 1 is the National Day of Prayer. A time for Americans, together, to prostrate themselves before God, ask for forgiveness, and then pray for the needs of America. This year the theme is...

Jay-Z and Kanye West: Hip-Hop Empowerment

This is a well-deserved salute to two global icons of hip-hop culture, two successful Black men who transcend race and social division and have attained the pinnacle of worldwide impact with their artistic genius...

Paying Homage to the Black Caregiver

As a little boy, I would ride in the backseat of my mother’s car. There I witnessed her and other women routinely checking in on elderly friends and family. Some would talk a lot...
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