Justice for Trayvon

All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and rallied with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford,...

To Be Equal #13

“Diverse democracies depend on diverse people who know and respect each other.” John Payton Over the past century, the most powerful force behind America’s on-going struggle for equality has been an outstanding group of civil...

Tribute to My Warrior-Brother John Payton

I'm incredibly saddened by the passing of John A. Payton, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Our nation has lost a brilliant warrior for justice, and I've lost a dear friend and colleague...

Fighting Back Against Voter Suppression

Led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, we are fighting back against Republican-sponsored voter identification laws and other voter suppression schemes that - left unchallenged - could deny millions of Americans their fundamental right...

Walking While Black

Every parent raising Black sons knows the dilemma: deciding how soon to have the talk. Choosing the words to explain to your beautiful child that there are some people who will never like or...

Bayard Rustin at 100 Still Overlooked

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, one of the most significant yet ignored figures in American history. Rustin, a native son of West Chester, was the master strategist of the...

WWBGunned Down for Walking While Black

The expression Driving While Black (DWB) was coined to reflect the criminalization of Black drivers through racial profiling that has led in the last few decades to numerous Department of Justice (DOJ) consent decrees...

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...

Trayvon Martin’s Death Takes Toll on Family

Sybrina Fulton knows what she will be doing tomorrow. It is the same thing she did yesterday. And the same thing she will do today. “I cry every day,” she said Sunday on TV One’s...

Gloomy Outlook for Black America, Scholars Conclude

A group of leading Black intellectuals met at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to discuss the current plight of African Americans in the United States. Curiously, at the recent forum, which took...

Why Negative Ads Are Good for the Country

It's undemocratic to be negative about negative ads. That said, there are some politicians who misuse negative ads, and I’ll get to that in a moment. In a democracy, negative ads play an important role....

A Legacy of Civil Rights is at Risk

As we approach the 2012 election, the fear that many Americans will be denied their right to vote is increasingly becoming a reality. A growing number of states have enacted voter suppression laws requiring identification...
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