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‘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 ...

Creating a level playing field

This is a special moment in history. In August, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality and called for action. Later this ...

Tough sledding to end the U.S.’s disgraceful felon voting bans

Attorney General Eric Holder was diplomatic when he said that the time to end the full or partial bans in all but two states on ex-felons voting has long passed. The bans are little short of medieval and disgraceful at ...

Injustice in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

With a vote of 146-5, the Massachusetts House of Representatives expelled Carlos Henriquez. More than likely that vote is unconstitutional.

Black quarterback wins the Super Bowl: where is all the fuss?

Disney couldn’t write a better story: A short kid, much too short to play quarterback, won’t let that fighting spirit in him die. So he plays in high school, both ways: quarterback on offense and cornerback on defense. Hell, he ...

A rush to judgement

There have been calls for the resignation of state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Dorchester based on his conviction for assaulting a woman. I could not agree more with viewpoints and substantiating actions regarding those who commit crimes against women, but ...

History and theory of the minimum wage

It is time to confront the reality that we need to increase the minimum wage significantly to a rate far exceeding those being discussed in Washington, D.C., or in state capitals around the country.

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.

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 ...

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.

Obama sends message on draconian drug sentencing

President Obama sent the strongest message on the insane waste of the nation’s draconian sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama’s clemencies for their drug crimes follow hard on the heels of Attorney General ...