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Interest groups, special and public

We often hear politicians call their opponents an “interest group.” What does that mean? It can be misleading.

Equality and the Labor Movement

It is certainly true that some unions engage in sexism and racism, but if we take a critical look at labor history we find that the labor movement is definitely not 100% sexist or racist

War, murder and the American way

He sat with them for an hour in prayer. Then he pulled his gun out and started shooting.

Medicaid Mason-Dixon Line

LeeAnn Hall, Alliance for a Just Society and Glenn Harris, Center for Social Inclusion

America's true crime problem

It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of Black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances.

Congress says, “War Powers? What War Powers?”

A few weeks ago, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants.

Fashion, plus-size modeling and race: When 'diversity' isn't so diverse

From the beginning I have been a fan of model Tess Holliday.

First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University. My first ...

Marilyn Mosby is the latest example of why Black lawyers matter

In response to last year’s killing of Michael Brown, La June Montgomery Tabron, who heads one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, issued a statement in which she astutely noted that deaths like Brown’s “demonstrate that the law-enforcement ...

How we make Baltimore great!

I moved to Maryland from the Midwest in the early 2000s when I was 19.

Baltimore mother could save this nation!

Three cheers for the Baltimore mommy who was slapping and whipping the heck out of her son.

A Baltimore City teacher reflects on the roots of the Baltimore riots

A letter from a Baltimore City teacher to parents of her second grade class following the night of widespread rioting on April 27, 2015

Minority Health Month: Making progress on health disparities

Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Over these last few years, we've reached several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Dr. King's transformative "I ...

Now is the time to answer the call

At a commemorative event two years ago, I heard a historian say that history is not a steady stream of events, but rather a series of punctuation points, like ripples from stones tossed into water.

Who can we turn to politically?

“Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the ...

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