A sudden commotion behind me grew louder and closer. Angry, menacing voices escalated into a hailstorm of vicious heckling, all of it directed at the ...
Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.
Hey Mom and Dad I'm having this talk with you for your own good. Please really listen to me! I'm voting for Bernie Sanders! He wants to shake t...
Use this month to read the words of Booker T. Washington, Dr. King and President Obama; let their words inspire you, and educate yourself to build a better future for all of us. A man's shadow, his legacy, continues to live on even in death. What do you do with his shadow? You keep walking through it, you keep moving forward.
Here in Newark, the poverty rate for black people is a striking 33 percent, more than double the national average for all races. This poverty is tied to a lack of reliable income through full-time work. In Newark, 95 percent of people living in poverty do not have a full-time job.
The term "Melting Pot" was coined to describe the accepting attitude of America as a nation, where people of any demographic were welcomed and afforded the same opportunities. However, our country didn't reach this status overnight.
In the waning days of Black History Month, I cannot help but hearken back to how I spent the days leading up to MLK Day. For three days, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2016 Nexus USA Youth Summit - a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.
America's political options are four-fold: 1) tinker around the margins, 2) elect a strong man, 3) gut government and embrace an uncompassionate god, or 4) look ourselves squarely in the mirror, take stock of the real evils, and roll up our sleeves.
The January holiday has passed, and I wonder if you're still thinking about it. As a parent, I am.
As Bernie Sanders' chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination have increased, so have the attacks. Hillary Clinton advocates argue he has no chance of delivering the fundamental change he touts. Nonetheless, Bernie can do it.
We all have our own truth, our own cross to bear, but no matter your gender, orientation, skin color, or what you believe -- know that your life, your pain, your joy, your voice, is immensely important, regardless of all the yellers.
The reality is that King himself supported democratic socialism -- and that civil rights activists and socialists have walked arm-in-arm for more than a century. The same news outlets that omit such facts keep telling us that the mass of African-American voters in South Carolina and elsewhere are diehard devotees of Hillary (and Bill) Clinton.
Let's all keep Kalief Browder's name and sacrifice alive. As Black History month starts. Let's add Kalief Browder's name to the list of heroes who died so that others might live a better life.
As he stands there with a wide smile and open arms at the Toronto airport in December welcoming the first refugee families from Syria off the plane wh...
I am privileged to represent a congressional district that has been historically recognized as the epicenter of Black culture and politics. Our legendary neighborhood gave birth to the Harlem Renaissance, which has forever transformed the American fabric. We are fortunate to have dedicated people and organizations promoting our legacy.
Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.