HBCUs- A Smart and Just Investment

During a recent call-in radio talk show about the funding challenges facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), an irritated listener demanded to know...

The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector: the American Federation of Government Employees. But...

Federal Government Shutdown: America’s Moment of Truth

If ever the American people needed a strong president willing to stand for what is reasonable and right, that time is now. In 2008 and...

Civil Rights – Thanks

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the recent newspaper document called Civil Rights – Why We March. I learned so much about the who, what and...

Parity and college sports

I’m a college sports fan who thinks that major universities are bullying small colleges and HBCUs who are also NCAA members. Each weekend during the...

The Year of the Black Quarterback

Sports is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and...

‘I am Morris Brown College’A Plea to Save an HBCU

Almost 131 years ago, Steward Wylie, a member of Atlanta’s Big Bethel AME Church, made a courageous plea to his church members that if...

It’s Time for a Living Wage for All D.C.

Last week I proposed common-sense legislation to ensure a real living wage for every worker in D.C. Our social justice advocates have led a...

Selling Out Black College Football to Make a Buck

I cringed as the scores came in over the weekend. Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0. Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6. Miami 77, Savannah...

Urgency and Persistence Needed to Stop Gun Violence

“There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate…I would like you to put my trauma...

It’s time to get marching

As the more extreme House Republicans threaten Armageddon unless we agree to defund the Affordable Care Act (or, as we now typically call it,...

We Have Much Work To Do!

We just proudly marched on Washington for the second time. Last week, we celebrated the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus...