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Aug 31st


One year after Ferguson: Change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal injustice

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebrationThursday, Aug. 6, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall.

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men and boys alive

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men and boys aliveOur history is for decades we humiliated people of color. For decades we excluded people of color. For decades we shamed and burdened and beat people of color. – Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

An answer for Confederate apologists

An answer for Confederate apologistsSomeone identifying himself as Jimmy Oliver sent me an email objecting to a column I wrote under the headline, "Confederate Traitors Don't Deserve to be Honored." I presume he wrote to get a reply, so here it is, with Oliver's words in italics.

The deception: Whites as individuals, flawed

The deception: Whites as individuals, flawedNobody asked me, but I'm getting sick and tired of reading Joe Soucheray's painting Adrian Peterson as a "savage child beater."

Peterson flew his son to Texas for a summer vacation. AP appears to have been trying to foster a relationship between half siblings. AP disciplined his son for pushing his younger half brother off a bike. I applaud AP for his attempt to build family and establish behavioral parameters.

Justice tech: Making jails and prisons work

Justice tech: Making jails and prisons workPresident Obama's impassioned call for criminal justice reform at last week's NAACP national convention was the latest sign that bipartisan criminal justice reform is on the way. In the midst of this movement is another, untold story about an army of entrepreneurs that is changing the way jails and prison work for the better.

Obama calls for criminal justice reform

Obama calls for criminal justice reformWhenever the president of the United States speaks to a national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), millions of people pay attention. As a former Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP, I listened very carefully to President Barack Obama's recent historic keynote address to the organization's 106th annual convention in Philadelphia.
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