Barack Obama visited Morehouse College on Sunday to give a refrain on the responsibility of Morehouse Men and black America to find dignity and progress in self-reliance, a refrain that has simultaneously proven exciting and excruciating for African Americans over the last four years.
Incidents of rape always need to be called out, as Joyner did, and addressed immediately, but it shouldn't be brought to attention while denigrating a member of another minority group within the same population, as Joyner also did.
Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?
Dr. Wilson's hire was strategically approved to accomplish two primary goals - to raise big money and to take the negative perception of gay students as far away from the Morehouse brand as possible. One of those things is possible.
The psychic distance between tolerance and acceptance is congruent to the emotional difference between a bleak handshake and a brotherly hug... Tolerance is not enough, and there is no room for neutrality.
Martin Luther King Jr. didn't emerge on the civil rights scene fully formed but drew from a rich spiritual and intellectual heritage that he owed, in part, to his mentor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays.
When I meet the brilliant and courageous gay campus activists at Morehouse now, I'm certain I annoy them. I do it on purpose. With the zeal of a missionary and the honesty of a madman, I ask, "Have you heard of Keiron Williams?"
We must not betray the promise of America by continuing to turn a blind eye to the plight of the oppressed in our midst. It is up to us to take up the cause of social justice for which Dr. King and many others struggled.
Take a moment to enjoy the American philanthropic Julian Bond song for the success that it is. The lessons of his song will have great meaning in the civil rights and social justice movements of today.
It is reasonable to speculate that Dr. King's deep concern about equity would have extended to American higher education. He would have recognized economic disparity as a common root of the challenges facing African-Americans, HBCUs and the American future itself.