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Celebrating the 4th of July After Charleston: Dealing with Frederick Douglass’ Concerns
July 2, 2015
  Surely, the celebration or rather observation of the 4th of July after Charleston must have a new meaning and a new message about where we really are in this country, ... read more »
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EULOGY LAUDABLE BUT LACKING
July 2, 2015
  President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Referend Clementa Pinckney was a moving tribute to the murdered pastor of Emanuel AME Church, who was also a South Carolina state senator. ... read more »
Rewriting Confederate History
July 1, 2015
On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it. ... read more »
Neutralizing the Right Wing Political Agenda
July 1, 2015
There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their progressive allies can be used to pressure businesses to do the right thing, which in turn can keep the far right wing in check. ... read more »
Abusive Lending Practices Target People of Color
July 1, 2015
Each year the many forms and products of predatory lending drain at minimum hundreds of billions of dollars from the nation’s economy and communities across the country. ... read more »
New Air Standards Could Disproportionately Affect Urban Communities
June 15, 2015
ENVIRONMENTAL COMMENTARY By Hazel Trice Edney As President Obama moves to implement policies that his administration says will reduce smog levels, he is facing a backlash in the urban and largely Black communities that are at the core of his political base and key to the Democratic Party’s success in next year’s elections. ... read more »
AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
June 11, 2015
Public education has failed Black students.  Tragically, by virtually any measure, they are behind practically all other groups, including immigrant Latino students who have been in the U.S. ... read more »
A Letter and Libation for Limbiko: Gentle Sunlight Warming the World
June 11, 2015
Another year has passed, Limbiko, and come and gone again is the special day and month, May 3rd, when your mother and father brought you into being and you began your promising and destined journey which brought you to this sacred circle of good and beauty we share. ... read more »
WILLIE LYNCH: REMNANTS OF SLAVERY PERSIST
June 4, 2015
Why can’t Blacks work together to advance their own interests? This recurring question,    among Blacks themselves, goes to the heart of their difficulty unifying around key issues and is   a huge barrier to group progress. ... read more »
The Nguzo Saba, Us and Kawaida: Grounding and Centering Ourselves
June 4, 2015
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization Us and the introduction of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, and Kawaida philosophy in which they are both grounded and grew. ... read more »
Overmedicating Children in Foster Care
May 28, 2015
On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication – more than four times the rate for all children. ... read more »
Jay-Z and Beyonce are Following a Rich Tradition
May 28, 2015
Hip-hop culture is about transformation.  It is more than a global genre of music. Hip-hop is a transcendent cultural phenomena that speaks to the soul, mind, ... read more »
Why We Can’t Wait
May 28, 2015
Dr. Cecil Murray, Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC   After two years of being an unemployed apprentice in the Iron Workers Union, ... read more »
CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION: BLACK REPORT
May 28, 2015
Today (May 28, 2015), the Campaign for College Opportunity released “The State ofHigher Education in California—Black Report.”  The Campaign is a broad-based bipartisan coalition of business, ... read more »
African Liberation Day: Honoring A History And Culture Of Struggle
May 28, 2015
Let us begin by saying, we send greetings of solidarity and increased and continuing struggle to all African people throughout the world African community and to all the oppressed and struggling peoples of the world on this African Liberation Day, ... read more »
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