An Open Letter To Dr. Maria Thompson

Welcome to Coppin State University and Baltimore Dr. Thompson. The community is so proud that the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents (BOR) chose to select you to be the first woman,...

“Gag Order” Silences the Truth About Police Brutality

How can we effectively combat police brutality if we cannot know the details of that brutality? Last month, amid the fallout from Freddie Gray’s killing, a news story appeared that may not have garnered much attention,...

THE DANGER OF BEING BLACK

TriceEdney--I come from a family that includes a Texas State Trooper, a Louisiana Deputy Sherriff, several Houston police officer and lawyers. I believe in following just laws, but, I will picket, protest, write about and...

It Wasn’t Common Core or More Money—Here’s How I Learned to Truly Value My...

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my students’ language arts tests at the state, district and local levels, I found that...

ESPN Diminishes Arthur Ashe’s Legacy

Am I the only one who is thoroughly offended by ESPN giving Bruce Jenner “The Arthur Ashe Courage Award” during next month’s ESPYS award ceremony? + ESPN claims to be the global TV leader in sports...

I Love the Thought of Leaving Baltimore, But It’s Finally Starting to Feel Like...

For the past two years, I have been counting down the days until I am free. Ever since my brother had a gun pointed at his face while sitting at a bus stop, I...

Ferguson is Still Everywhere If You’re Black

It's been 250 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Mo. by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson got rich, famous, and a vacation after killing...

The Power of An Apology, Forgiveness, and An End to Police Threatening or Harming...

It was Friday May 22, 2015. My niece headed to Mergenthaler Senior High School's (MERVO) senior prom, her prom. We, our entire family and many friends, saw her off.  We took pictures before she...

Black Genocide: On the Side of Life

The definition of eugenics is, “The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the...

Standing Up For An Educated America

The graduation ceremonies taking place across America this month should heighten our awareness of the continuing struggle to make college more affordable for every American. A high-quality, affordable college education transformed my life, as it...

How Many More Will We Mourn?

Freddie Gray wasn't the only person to die at the hands of the police in April. Before Mr. Gray suffered three broken vertebrae during the course of his arrest by Baltimore police, 17-year-old Justus...

Black Boys Do More Than Run

I recently attended my grandson Austin Ragland’s graduation from pre-school in Buford, Ga. Yes, you read correctly – pre-school. It’s never too soon to begin celebrating academic achievement, as his graduation from pre-school attests....

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