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A question of justice, by Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

In 1838, in a shameful chapter of American history, U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott forced tens of thousands of Cherokee Indians – one of the “Five Civilized Tribes” that had embraced the customs and language of white settlers – ...

Black wombs matter: ‘Aftershock’, by Julianne Malveaux

Did you know that Black women are three or four times more likely to die from childbirth complications than white women? Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), who heads the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain trust, said the data are more dire ...

Henrico County voters and the $511.4M question, by Brandon Hinton

Serving 340,000 people at the local government level can be a challenge. Differing populations can yield differing expectations when it comes to public services. In Henrico County, this is entirely expected – and also wholly wel- comed. While decisions made ...

Exploiting the vulnerable for political advantage, by Ben Jealous

There is always a new low for Trump Republicans. And that is pretty frightening.

Book bans attack freedom to read, teach and learn, by Ben Jealous

Truth is a threat to authoritarianism. Reading is a path to truth. That’s why the freedom to read is essential to the freedom to learn. And that’s why the freedom to learn is often attacked by those who abuse power ...

The global evils of predatory capitalism, by Julianne Malveaux

The world continues to mourn the demise of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, the long-serving monarch who died Sept. 8. I am sorry that her family endured her loss, as have many of our families.

Redistricting is voter suppression too, by Ben Jealous

When Charles Diggs, Jr. won election to Congress in Michigan’s 13th District in 1954, he launched nearly seven decades in which the city of Detroit had at least one Black member of Congress.

‘Quiet quitting’ is not just for ‘silly season’, by Clarence Page

Just as I was wondering whether various crises were coming too fast to allow our usual “silly season” of oddball late summer news, an appropriately weird-sounding social trend popped up on social networks and intriguingly struck a nerve. It’s called ...

Student loan forgiveness is a drop in the bucket, by Julianne Malveaux

President Biden made a campaign promise to alleviate some student loan debt, and on Aug. 24, he honored his commitment.

A blue city in a red state, by David W. Marshall

Through legislation and the courts, any law can be changed at any given time— but changing laws doesn’t guarantee that a person’s heart will change with it.

Teacher shortage is a symptom, by Julianne Malveaux

The teacher shortage is a symptom of a greater challenge.

Biden’s student loan plan needs more reforms, by Marc H. Morial

“By forgiving up to $20,000 in burdensome student loan debt, President Biden is giving working and middle class families the financial breathing room the desperately need. Buying a home, founding a business, starting a family, and so much more will ...

Democracy should not be a partisan issue, by Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

While the United States champions democracy across the world, our own democracy is under siege. Nothing is more fundamental to democracy than the right to vote – yet there is no explicit guarantee of the right to vote in the ...

‘Defund the FBI’? Seriously?, by Clarence Page

Yes, I had to polish my eyeglasses and put them back on for a second look before I could believe what the always provocative and occasionally rational Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had just tweeted. In a takeoff on the Black ...

Revolutions, evolutions and Serena Williams, by Julianne Malveaux

Unquestionably, Venus and Serena Williams revolutionized women’s tennis. With serves that approached the speed of light, fantastic agility, exceptional athleticism, and the grace of gazelles, they changed how women played tennis.

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