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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 ...

Normalizing relations with Castro

I was standing in the Jacksonville, Florida Airport waiting for a flight home when I looked up at the television at the gate. CNN was repeating the story that President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro were to have a ...

Don't Bet on Obama's Plan to Drill in the Atlantic

President Obama's energy policies have irked many voters. So to win public support, Obama recently promised to open up areas of the Atlantic to drilling. But the promise, as Drew Johnson of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance explains below, is just ...

Progress in baseball came with a cost

Anyone who has followed my columns knows that about this time of the year I normally write something about the commencement of the baseball season. More often than not, I write about the late Curt Flood and the late Marvin ...

Why Rand Paul is wrong for America

Georgia Davis Powers has served as a civil rights organizer, political activist, and elected official. In 1967 she was elected as the first woman and person of color to serve in the Kentucky State Senate. The opinions expressed in this ...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Died 47 Years Ago, April 4

Forty-Seven years have now gone by since our esteemed, leader Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Blackonomics: Political Frustration

Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards.

Black dollars matter!

The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase.

Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

From Malcolm X to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

There is perhaps no American civil rights leader who generated as many divergent opinions as Malcolm X.

With the budget, the president calls the shots

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud.

Boots on the ground

The war against Isis may require boots on the ground. These boots should not be the soldiers of the United States of America.