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His Name Is George Floyd 
July 21, 2022
  George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer just over two years ago. His killing sparked a movement to end unjustified police killings and racist law enforcement practices. ... read more »
An Extraordinary Life, Linking Past and Present   
April 28, 2022
I was trained to fight by my grandmother, Mamie Bland Todd. She would often remind me, “Pessimists are right more often, but optimists win more often.”  ... read more »
Defending a Democracy in Flames
December 23, 2021
I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom. And how we can preserve it.  Our freedom is threatened. We all need to be paying attention and preparing to take action next year.  ... read more »
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Giving Thanks
November 25, 2021
“In everything give thanks.” That Bible verse can be hard to put into practice. Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ... read more »
The Insurrection and the Lost Cause
July 10, 2021
A violent insurrection engulfed the U.S. Capitol just six months ago. One United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died and other Capitol police are still healing. Investigators are still going through video and social media documenting the attempt to disrupt congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. ... read more »
Power and Pride to the People!
June 10, 2021
June has become the traditional month for Pride celebrations in honor of the gay and transgender people, including Black and brown gay liberation and transgender rights activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who fought back against harassment and abusive policing in June 1969. ... read more »
Greater Justice is Coming: Taking on Abusive and Deadly Policing with New DOJ Leadership
May 13, 2021
There are more signs that we can expect changes at the Justice Department. ... read more »
Chauvin Is Guilty. Our Work Is Cut Out for Us.
May 6, 2021
Just a few days have passed since Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd. But the images from that moment are seared in our memories forever: the murderer, led away in handcuffs. ... read more »
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Pandemic Relief and the Georgia Elections
December 31, 2020
Fair warning: this isn’t a traditional Christmas-week column.  If we think of clarity as a kind of gift, though, we can be grateful that the effort to pass a much-needed COVID-19 relief bill in the waning days of this Congress makes one thing crystal clear: hurting families and small businesses will be abandoned if Republicans keep control of the U.S. Senate by winning Georgia’s January 5 runoff elections.   ... read more »
Mississippi Senate Race May Be Defining Moment for Black Voters
November 22, 2018
Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s remark to a colleague that “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row” puts the Magnolia State at center stage for Black voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. ... read more »
Breaking the Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling
September 14, 2018
In the 240-year history of the United States, four African American men have presided as the chief executive of a state or commonwealth. Only two were elected in their own right – Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, in 2006, and Douglas Wilder of Virginia, in 1989. David Paterson of New York was elevated to the office upon the resignation of Eliot Spitzer in 2008 ... read more »
Andrew Gillum Wins Florida Primary, Could Become Florida’s First African American Governor
August 31, 2018
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum upset a crowded field of well-funded candidates in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, a step away from becoming the state's first black governor. His surprise victory sets up a November showdown with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of President Donald Trump. ... read more »
Former NAACP president Jealous wins Dem gov nom in Maryland 
July 5, 2018
 Former NAACP President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday, giving him a shot at becoming the state's first black governor and setting up a battle between the progressive candidate and a popular Republican incumbent. ... read more »
Former NAACP president asks school to rescind DeVos invite
September 14, 2017
Former NAACP president asks school to rescind DeVos invite ... read more »
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