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Marking a big loss

Last week marked the loss of a powerful voice with Maya Angelou’s death. Fortunately, many in the nation paused to notice her loss. Dancer, actress, poet and teacher, Angelou captured everyone’s attention because of her ability to talk honestly out ...

How real is the GOP’s war on racism?

Former 2012 GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney wasted no time in angrily denouncing and calling for the resignation of Wolfeboro, N.H., police commissioner Robert Copeland. Copeland made brief headlines when his N-word slur of President Obama went public. New Hampshire ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education: was it worth it?

At 90 years old and not traveling much, Jack Greenberg didn’t make the NAACP’s symposium here commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. But the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense and ...

Commentary: Protecting the reputation of an esteemed organization

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Donald Sterling fiasco is that the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP was scheduled to bestow upon the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team the 2014 Humanitarian Award. This decision ...

National Urban League calls for changes to current housing reform legislation

The National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, has serious concerns regarding proposed housing reform legislation. There are plans to mobilize against it unless it includes provisions ensuring that working- and middle- class families ...

Amid Detroit beating story, acts of racial reconciliation

By now, everyone in Detroit has had an opportunity to show love for Steve Utash, whose beating by a mob after he stopped to help a child he struck with his pickup truck has sparked outrage. It’s also fueled efforts ...

You pay taxes: Why doesn’t General Electric?

You pay your fair share of taxes. Small businesses do too. It’s the price we pay to educate our kids, protect our communities and have some security in retirement. Why shouldn’t some of America’s largest corporations pay their fair share ...

Blog - Melida Arredondo - on the anniversary of the Marathon Bombing

Melida and her husband, Carlos Arredondo, were witnesses to the Boston Marathon bombing. This is not their first up close and personal experience with violence and death, and Melida shares her message to all the survivors of violence.

McCutcheon ruling is another blow to democracy

The Roberts Court, in its 5-4 “McCutcheon v. FEC” decision last week continued its drive to give Americans a government of, by and for big money. While doing so, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political ...

Black students under fire: still more likely to get expelled

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Department of Education found black students were getting the boot far faster and in much bigger numbers than white students. While blacks made up then less than 20 percent of the nation’s public school students, ...

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ — a single father’s perspective

I must admit, being a single father of two black boys isn’t easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights to discussing college and career choices, I’ve learned that being a good father means ...

Why America refuses to face up to its slave past

This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked "12 Years a Slave" as their choice for Best Picture, yet, candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words as to why. It ...

For Obama, ‘Brother’s Keeper’ is personal

President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck and a good support system could ...

Why being ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ matters

As a black man, my heart aches over the disproportionate numbers of men and boys of color left back by schools, left out of jobs and caught up in crime. As a black public official, I am struck by how ...

An ACLU oversight in the Henriquez case?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a major voting rights project. Its objective is "to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted … and to make sure that all votes ...