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Apr 25th


Black History Month's powerful question

Black History Month's powerful questionI have a rule about this month. If it's February, I know that somebody somewhere has given an interview or written an article declaring America no longer needs Black History Month.

The courage and vision of Medgar Evers

"One hundred fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the March on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors, which has allowed us to move from a nation of unborn hopes and a history of disenfranchised votes to today's expression of a more perfect union . . . Where our paths seem blanketed by throngs of oppression and riddled by pangs of despair, we ask for your guidance toward the light of deliverance, and that the visions of those that came before us and dreamed of this day, that we recognize that their visions still inspire us."

State of Equality and Justice in America: America stands at a crossroads

State of Equality and Justice in America: America stands at a crossroads

Editor's Note: "The State of Equality and Justice in America" is a 20-part series of columns written by an all-star list of contributors to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The contributors include: U. S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) LCCRUL 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal; Ms. Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL); Mr. Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard University Law School/Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President/CEO, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Co-founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; U. S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.); and 14 additional thought leaders and national advocates for equal justice.

Here's the fourth op-ed of the series:

America stands at a crossroads. We can take the high road toward equal access to high quality public education, reaffirm our commitment to democratically elected public officials, end the failed war on drugs, recommit to the right of workers to bargain for better conditions, lower our dreadful rate of hyper-incarceration and implement the affordable care act. Or we can travel in the opposite direction and move the nation away from equal opportunity and justice.


Right now is our turn to say "no more!"

This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans. Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. It will be hard. But the time is now. You must act. Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. -- Statement of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords to the Senate Judiciary Committee, January 30th, 2013

Congress should confirm B. Todd Jones at ATF

Congress should confirm B. Todd Jones at ATFNobody asked me, but it sure looks like B. Todd Jones is getting "Susan Rice'd" by Republicans in the Senate at the request of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

King's greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progress

King's greatest legacy: Seeing polarization as progressNNPA Columnist
I've always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is often celebrated.

Gun control: If she had a gun

COLLEGE PARK, Md.—We all know those words from Martin Luther King on April 3, 1968—almost as well as we know the climax to the "I Have A Dream Speech." The ones about the difficult days ahead he won't see and the mountaintop he won't climb.
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