Mentors Matter

These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live,...

Traps for the desperate and unwary

Richard Cordray, Director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tells the sad story of a man who, needing emergency car repairs, borrowed $500...

Advancing the Dream with a Stroke of the Pen

There was a lot of talk around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington last week that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream remains...

The Fierce Urgency of Now

In April of this year, I was asked by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government to share my thoughts on the upcoming 50th anniversary...

Boehner Scores Zero With Debt Ceiling Spat

The current tracking of Congress' popularity shows that only 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Now, House Speaker John...

Why we marched

(Originally published August 26, 1983) We marched in 1963 to redress old grievances and to help resolve an American crisis. That crisis is born of...

‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and...

Dr. King Would Criticize Obama

As America commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom I am compelled to ask the following question:...

The Role of HBCUs in the Marches on Washington

History is a political enterprise. All who set out to chronicle the past are motivated by ends that some are honest enough to disclose,...

Marching Orders for the Future

Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important...

Minimum Reasoning on Minimum Wage

Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian Radio’s host was well into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program. The...

Why We’re Still Marching

For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights...