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by Rev. Joseph Lowrey On April 9, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached a message that was strikingly applicable to the lives of modern day civil rights leaders and leaders of America’s future. In the pulpit of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta only five days before he was assassinated, Dr. King meticulously outlined [...]
by Bill Spriggs The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its economic outlook for the modern, democratic, industrialized economies at its annual meeting of member nation ministers. It was mostly gloom. The European members of the OECD are mired in a deep economic slump. In 2012, the European members had a drop in [...]
By: Randy R. Miller, MPA High School Teacher and Author When it comes to my job as a teacher in an inner-city, there are very few things that bother me. However, the one thing that does is the reality that within my school district, I am the only African American teacher in any of our high [...]
NAACP President Ben Jealous, in the op-ed below, proudly cites the advances of the NAACP in “controlling the vote.” But has the quality of life in black America improved as a result? Some would say that it has not. White American unemployment has recovered since the start of the 2008 recession and Wall Street has [...]
by Dr. Tommy Whittler Three University of Alabama football players were dismissed from their team for robbery and one player for the illegal use of a credit card. As I read this story, USA Today (2/28/13, 3c), I was reminded of a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as street con Darnell Valentine and Dan Akroyyd as [...]
Hear this story, it’ll shock you. Listen here.
by Dr. Julianne Malveaux On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus, meeting on the fact that federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers very little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New [...]
Incarcerating so many millions of Americans is taking a huge toll on society. Corporations make money in the short-term, but the incarceration laws quickly turn normal, law-abiding citizens into career criminals. Those convicted of felonies have few opportunities to re-enter into society, and prison exposes them to unhealthy and traumatic experiences. Does this policy make [...]
Darrell Padgett speaks to Dr. Boyce Watkins about the recent court ruling on the crack-to-powder disparity. Click to listen.
By Kim Moore This serves as both an open letter to Thurgood Marshall Jr, a PSA for those who didn’t know about his appointment to CCA and a reminder about mass incarceration, and the overrepresentation of black men in prison. It came as a complete and utter shock to discover yesterday that Thurgood Marshall Jr, [...]