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Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and segregation based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

United States late in courting African leaders

In 2008, the whole world applauded the United States for electing its first African American president. No part of the world was happier than the continent of Africa with its 54 nations.

The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.”

Democrats ‘Ain’t Loyal’

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown’s song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.” Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t ...

Marching back to Mississippi

Those of us in Mississippi last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer know very well none of it could have unfolded in the way it did without the quiet and courageous leadership of Robert Moses and David ...

Urban League Joins “Party with a Purpose”

July 3-6 is the date. New Orleans is the place. Empowerment is the purpose. Iconic thought leaders and musicians bring the message. For the 20th year in a row, Essence magazine is organizing the largest annual gathering of African American ...

The right fate for immigrant kids

It's time to get beyond the question of who's to blame for the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of children -- three-fourths of them from Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador -- are streaming into the United ...

Three ways to save your hood today

Self-defense. Private security. Police-community unity. These are the three pillars that comprise my strategy for successful anti-crime activism.

Iraq again, hell never ends!

Iraq— now we know where hell is! Hell is supposed to be a place of torment reserved for some people after death. Unfortunately, too many have ended up there before they died. Is there no end to the turmoil in ...

What our country needs from the Press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.

There should be repercussions if taxes aren't spent wisely

Americans are now at the end of the most dreaded season of all— tax season.

Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked.

‘Black Code’ plus ‘Acting White’ equals self-created racial disparity

Is America seeing a resurgence of segregation?

Celebrating black fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and ...

Stop the mass school killings: We must change how we are raising our children

I sold Grit newspapers when I was nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper.