Last night, John Legend courageously jolted Americans awake when he stated at the Oscars that, "There are more black men under correctional control than there were under slavery in 1850."
Tips for creating the best student learning environments abound, yet clearly no one list for how to do this is definitive. Most importantly, creating an optimal atmosphere for learning begins with two essential tenets.
If "Black Lives" REALLY MATTER, then we must acquire and exercise the right to vote to insure that we elect officials who will impartially administer the laws and manage those State and Municipal Agencies having jurisdiction over our children and our own daily lives.
I know after my husband and I pass, our kids will be less Turkish than they were when we were alive. And in turn their kids will be less Turkish, and so there's a chance our legacy and history will disappear within just two lifetimes. What was built over thousands of years will be erased in two generations.
Through painting, writing, poetry and music, the arts have provided me with an ability to express my feelings, thoughts, ideas and imagination in ways I am certain I would not have been able to in my life otherwise.
In 2014, the Central Park Five officially stopped being infamous: New York City settled the group's wrongful conviction lawsuit for $40 million.
At the end of the show, the cast sings "Say Goodbye to the Scottsboro Boys." It is an entertaining, show biz, but powerfully complex number, infused with anger. It grabs the audience. The actors have done what they have set out to do. They have told their story their way.
If Malcolm were alive today he would be able to look at the incidents of hate, fear and violence towards Arab Muslims in places such as Chicago's Southwest Suburbs since 9/11 and during the last two weeks and say, "I told you so!"
This Black History Month, we recognize Lorenzo and Robert, and thank them for their vision and leadership, which continues to undergird this movement for justice and human rights.
Some people say it's lonely at the top, and I say only because you didn't help others get there with you.
Now, she is gone, another lost soul in our country's failure to deal humanely not only with people of color but also with those diagnosed with severe mental illness.
I hope this act of public self-defining and self-healing by Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is not overlooked.
This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.
This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.
In celebration of Black History Month, I talked with Walter Naegle, who was pioneer civil rights activist Bayard Rustin's partner for the last decade of Rustin's life.
The life of Dante Parker came to an end on August 12, 2014. He was a 37-year-old father of five.