A good friend of mine called me a few days after our wedding at the 56th Annual Grammys to congratulate me. She is heterosexual, married, and th...
t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.
I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.
NAACP founders recognized that we, as African Americans, would never reach the peak of our potential if we were treated as second-class citizens in our own county, especially as it relates to our health.
Inspired by Gandhi's success with non-violence and passive resistance in India's struggles, we know that Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement by encouraging passive resistance. But these were violent times, the type of violence that is hard to imagine in 2014.
African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.
You see, you're more than a number. You're a living miracle, a breath of fresh air. You have hopes and ambitions. You dream. You hurt. You cry. You love. You are intricately weaved in the plot line of humanity's story and I, for one, am glad you're alive.
Dr. King called for self-transforming programs to involve young people in direct actions in their cities and neighborhoods. The Boggs School is providing an environment for students to undergo self-transformation and is creating structures that are transforming education.
The Port Chicago 50 is a huge departure from the usual dry reading for young people studying American History. Kids need to read books like this to put humanity into the basic principles of America and how we have struggled to live up to them.
The overlapping nature of these diseases, and the path they take through communities, make it necessary for us to begin to draw these conversations together.
Before Jesse Jackson, before Barack Obama, there was Shirley Chisholm, the first African American to run for president of a major political party and the first black woman elected to Congress.
Shirley Chisholm was a woman who never took "no" for an answer. And just as importantly, she was a principled woman who could find common ground even with people who were diametrically opposed to her.
Black History Month programming is getting the short shrift because America can't get enough Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.
The recent criticism of this influential pair can help move us toward a more complex understanding of how race, class, and gender intersect in contemporary popular culture.
LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries.
"Being older, it's even worse. People see you as an easy target, like you can't defend yourself because maybe you use a cane and walk a little slower or trust too easily."