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Trump and HBCUs

I love historically black colleges and universities. I’m certainly biased as a graduate of Howard University. But my admiration for HBCUs extends across my lifespan and the generations that preceded me.

Stand and salute the sisters

Word origins can “shed light” on the experiences of a people and explain much of what they’ve endured. Many older African-Americans explain the origin of the term “honkie” as it relates to the activity of white men driving through African-American ...

Our wish

Amid the chaos and headlines, may faith fill your heart and hope guide your works today and every day.

Kudos to VUU Lady Panthers

Re “VUU women return home to cheers despite loss in NCAA final,” March 30-April 1 edition: Congratulations to the Virginia Union University women’s basketball team and coaches for a fine season.

‘Don’t forget your feet’

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there’s a pretty good chance either you or someone you know belongs to the 12 percent of people in ...

Training needed on both sides

Re “Unequal punishment: Rep. McEachin requests federal investigation into high suspension rates for African-American students and those with disabilities,” March 30-April 1 edition: The situation of greater punishment statistics for minorities, in particular minorities with special needs, sounds like only ...

Confirmation would be blow to workers

Alexander Acosta, the 45th president’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, is up for confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He got narrow approval on March 30 from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions by a 12-11 party ...

49 years after Dr. King’s death

Tuesday, April 4, was the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands of people planned to join Fight for $15 and the Movement for Black Lives to march in Memphis and in cities across the ...

Buffoonery

We shudder thinking about the buffoonery of the Virginia unit leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Year-round April Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day can remind us that the meat, egg and dairy industries have been playing us for fools year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens” and “humane slaughter.” All are cruel lies.

Does Trump really want to hire Americans?

The H-2A visa guest worker program enables employers who anticipate a shortage of seasonal labor services to request to bring in foreign workers to do the labor. Trump Vineyard estates property in Charlottesville is requesting these work visas to hire ...

EPA cuts will have disproportionate impact on communities of color

President Trump’s plan to make significant cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency shows not only a lack of concern for public health and safety, but perhaps more perniciously, a lack of understanding for environmental injustices faced by minorities in Virginia ...

Stand and fight ‘evil trinity of racism, classism and sexism’

We must boldly declare and decree throughout the entire landscape of America that “Black Lives Matter” in this forward fight against the clear and present evil of overt and covert racism.

Trail of tears

Most people who are keenly observant of or listen closely to President Trump will recognize that he is a fan of President Andrew Jackson. If “fan” is overzealous, it can be said that President Jackson

Urban League says ‘no’ to Gorsuch

“Overall, we conclude that there is an inadequate record to determine if Judge Gorsuch has a commitment to protecting and safeguarding civil rights and, therefore, we do not believe he satisfies the second prong of our requirement for endorsement. Based ...