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Sentiments of black press 190 years later

In the February 1981 issue of Ebony magazine, brilliant journalist and historian Lerone Bennett Jr. provided the best reason for studying and learning from history that I have ever heard or read. In an article, “Why Black History Is Important ...

Black newspapers needed more than ever

In 1960, black people in Virginia watched as the state changed the laws against trespassing to make it a more serious crime, with the penalty raised from a $100 fine to $1,000. This action was taken by the then all-white ...

Permanent interests

A man of vision, strength and determination who practiced what he preached, Floyd McKissick succeeded James Farmer as national director of the Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE, in 1966. And under Mr. McKissick’s leadership, CORE was transformed from an ...

American justice defiled

President Trump’s first three weeks in office have left Americans reeling from what Republican speech writer Peggy Noonan called his “cloud of crazy.”

The obstructionist game

“I don’t remember us treating their nominees this way.”

Making our own black history

“There are (Black people) who are willing to worship the pyramids of 4,000 years ago but will not build pyramids in the present so their children may see what they left behind as well. We have a leadership who rallies ...

Immigration ban no profile in courage

President Trump’s most recent provocation — suddenly issuing an order banning the admission into the United States of refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries — created chaos and fury that had to be expected. Airports across the world ...

Remembering Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King died on Jan. 30, 2006. Yet her legacy is very much alive as a coalition builder, a strategist and a moral voice that confronted detractors but insisted upon nonviolent approaches, such as dialogue, protests and economic boycotts, ...

‘Hope for best; plan for worst’

The economic philosophies of Democrats and Republicans are drastically different. While neither party is interested in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing predatory capitalism and “free markets,” while Democrats are ...

‘Racial delusions’ fuel Obamacare opponents

Surely, President Obama’s greatest legacy is the Affordable Care Act. More than 20 million people have received health care coverage under the act, largely from the extension of Medicaid to cover lower-wage workers and their families. Insurance companies have not ...

Creative disruption in the age of Trump

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, he envisioned all kinds of people descending on our nation’s capital, bringing demands to federal agencies. He envisioned people pushing for affordable housing, for quality education, for ...

Signs of things to come

GOP senators, conservative bloggers and legal shills have launched a charm campaign to paint U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as a guy who has been misunderstood.

Why support the D.C. Women’s March?

“Ain’t I A Woman? I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man — when I could ...

To improve schools, let’s work together

The success of Richmond Public Schools, its students, and its families is critically important to the City of Richmond and will be a top priority in my mayoral administration. Voters in 2016 made it very clear that they want their ...

Divergent political lives

In August 2000, Jesse Jackson Jr. was a man with a bright future. He was the son of Jesse L. Jackson Sr., the civil rights firebrand who twice ran for president and audaciously planted the seed that, someday, an African-American ...

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