Commentary

  • When Politics and Ethics Collide

    On Friday, February 15, 2013, the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee -45th District (BCDCC) convened at the Oliver Community Center to select a candidate to assume the seat held Del. Hattie Harrison, a longtime political stalwart in East Baltimore, who died Jan. 28. Ten ...

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  • Rev. Vernon Dobson: A Prophet for Our Time

    America, in the years immediately following World War II, began to emerge into an era of rapidly expanding economic growth and social opportunity. All across the nation, veterans and their families were moving into new suburban communities and seizing the promise of a new American prosperity. ...

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  • Strom Thurmond and Essie Mae

    People die, but the truth lives and breathes freely on its own. We now mourn the passing of 87-year old Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who, in December 2003, confirmed one of the oldest rumors of Southern political folklore: that she was the mixed-race daughter of former US Senator Strom ...

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  • One-Size-Fits-All Isn’t Serving Our Children

    As Mayor Gray highlighted the importance of continuing to improve public education here in the nation’s capital in his State of the District address, my thoughts turned to recent controversies surrounding our public schools. First came proposals from D.C.’s Board of Education to ...

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  • A First Step toward Common Ground

    In my community, it seems as if almost every day is a gun murder day. The grieving families and the funeral processions run like clockwork on their journeys to our cemeteries. My own family has been forced to endure this suffering. In America’s inner cities, suburbs and small towns, gun ...

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  • Is Black History Month Still Necessary? Absolutely!

    What better place to talk about emancipation and freedom than at church? Of course, it's freedom from a different oppressor, but that's exactly where I was on Saturday, Feb. 2, discussing the national Black History Month theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and ...

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  • History’s Lesson

    So many in my parents' generation – and our own – never thought we'd see an African-American elected president of this country. Now, we have not only been blessed to see that day, but, on Jan.21 – the same day that our nation paused to acknowledge the contributions of ...

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  • Children Must Stop Dying from Gun Violence

    I was part of the Jan. 26 March on Washington for Gun Control. We called on members of Congress and state legislators to pass common sense gun safety laws to stop the epidemic of preventable child and adult gun deaths. Others were marching in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio, Jersey ...

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