As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.
Ultimately, safety for black communities requires a move away from mass criminalization, and not simply nicer but fewer police.
This is the part where I brace for that conflict that always comes into play when I share a position in solidarity with an alleged sexual assault survivor.
As someone who has tried to use the sports platform and the power of sports to address serious social issues during the past 50 years, it gives me great hope that we will use that sports platform in an expanded way in the years ahead. Society can only be better for it if we do.
A clean and healthy environment is not a luxury but a right and our moral obligation to fulfill for our children. Children of all colors need a safe and healthy world in which to "live, work and play."
While we shouldn't wait until February to celebrate Black leaders, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize how we fall short the rest of the year (and take steps towards correcting it). These leaders are each changing the face of global Christianity, and it has been a real privilege knowing them.
Becoming an astronaut is easily the dream of many but sometimes that's all it ever is -- a dream. For Leland, who happens to be the 13th African American astronaut, that all became a reality through patience, hard work, and a knack for problem solving.
Sometimes we get caught in the trap of thinking that if we do not bring attention to something, our kids don't notice it either. I am realizing more and more that that is not true. Kids are constantly deciphering the world around them.
These gentrified zones that we tend to migrate to as an "escape" don't need us as much as they need the incomes associated with us. However, there are cities and neighborhoods across this country that are desperate for the presence of strong and successful men and women of color.
I was thinking about this when I read about Demario Bailey, a fifteen-year-old Chicago teen who was shot in the chest while trying to keep his twin brother from being robbed of his coat in December.
Elaine is politically active as ever. After running for president under the 2008 Green Party ticket to bring awareness to the issues of the underserved and attract minority voters, she is not seeking political office, but remains a strong advocate for self empowerment.
Liberation requires courage and hard work. We resist injustice, create alternative systems, build power, redesign institutions, build organization, and all the while, live our lives, as whole as we can make them.
Though The Book of Negroes will undoubtedly serve as one of the newest cinematic educational tools, awareness is only the beginning. In order for history not to repeat itself further, Americans have to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
While academically we may think we are beyond this debate, we are not, because our fellow filmmakers, critics, writers, and other gatekeepers in the film industry continue to rely and fall back on these same old unconscious assumptions.
I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.
As Ebola became the global boogeyman, Amadou and Pape were turned into helpless victims in a painful play where African lives didn't matter.