Faithful to the Martin Luther King Jr. mission in our time

Speech given by the Honorable Charles R. Stith at the 44th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, sponsored by Union United Methodist Church and St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

What do you think can be done to reduce income inequality in the United States?

It certainly has to start from the government level. People have to study how the lack of education and lack of access are at the heart of the matter.

Salary of a full-time job should be enough to lift workers from poverty

History focuses on the human rights aspects of Rev. Martin Luther King’s ministry. Ironically, he was on a mission for economic rights in support of wage increases for garbage collectors in Memphis, Tenn., when he was assassinated. Undoubtedly, Dr. King ...

What do you think the minimum wage should be?

Ten dollars an hour. You can’t survive off of $8. It would cut down on crime if you raised it. People won’t feel pressured so much.

Excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter from a Birmingham jail

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the ...

Roving Camera 01/16/2014

What do you think should be done to reduce poverty in the United States?

The war on poverty

Excerpts from President Lyndon Johnson’s Jan. 8, 1964 State of the Union address

A standing commitment to end poverty

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson decreed that "this administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America." In so doing, Johnson confirmed his commitment to a compassionate policy ...

Changing laws on family values

In their youth, America’s elders were subjected to more demanding sexual mores than are usual today. Back then it was inappropriate for a young woman of marriageable age to be alone with a man in a private place. Today, even ...

Conservatives bank on myth of minimum wage as job killer

The GOP has ruthlessly sold the outlandish myth to millions that a hike in the minimum wage is a huge job killer. It has been so effective in its hard sell that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly been ...

Roving Camera 01/09/2014

Do you think polygamy should be illegal?

Immigration debate ignores highly skilled black workers

As a two-year budget conjures up illusions of congressional comity and President Obama is desperate for a legislative recharge, there is much hype about a big immigration deal on the horizon. But, despite the huge political, economic and cultural implications ...

There are now no black-owned full-power TV stations in the U.S.

We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.

Tax credits and special concessions for businesses require the transparency of a formal audit

Corporate tax credits and concessions reduce the state revenue available to finance the public’s business. State Auditor Suzanne Bump seeks the authority to assess these programs to determine whether such tax expenditures are truly beneficial.

Roving Camera 01/02/2014

What was the biggest change in your world in the year 2013?