Commentary

  • Unfinished Business

    In February, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was the first bill President Clinton signed into law. President Obama hailed the law, as did current and former lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle. Indeed, it was a singular ...

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  • An Open Letter to Gov. O’Malley

    I am expressing my deep disappointment in your office not honoring the Legislative Black Caucus of the State of Maryland’s (LBCM) request to fund Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for $70 million over the next five years. This $14 million request ...

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  • The 1963 March on Washington, Black Labor and Today

      August 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Publicly associated with Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech, this march brought more than 250,000 people to Washington, D.C. to demand freedom and jobs. Initiated by Brotherhood of ...

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  • End the ‘War on Drugs’ Now

    On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped to the podium of the Riverside Church in New York to vigorously proclaim his opposition to the War in Vietnam. It was one of the most powerful orations among numerous remarkable speeches delivered during his brief but extraordinary life. In ...

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  • Death Penalty Flawed, Ineffective and Biased

    A few years ago, Dereck Davis was walking home from work when some men came up, held a gun to his kidneys and robbed him. He held that anger inside for years. Years later, as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, when the issue of repealing the death penalty was introduced, Davis’s ...

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  • Standing up for All Americans

    “All types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters,” Dr. King asserted during his 1957 Give Us the Ballot remarks at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington. “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of ...

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  • Diversity for Catholics, Not for Others

    (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The selection of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the next leader of the Catholic Church was, in some ways, inevitable. Latin America is home to the largest Catholic population in the world, and it is long past time for the tradition of selecting ...

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  • Being Moral Only When it’s Convenient

    As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he changed his position because ...

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  • Racist Incidents at Oberlin College

    On March 4 Oberlin College in Ohio, which has always had an outsized role in the history of Black higher education, cancelled classes for a day and instead held a “Day of Solidarity” in response to a month-long series of hate speech being scrawled on various buildings, doors, and ...

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  • Ending the Death Penalty in Maryland

    Last week the Maryland Legislature passed legislation abolishing the death penalty. I believe the time has come to repeal the death penalty because it is racially-biased, demonstrably unreliable, and not an effective deterrent. This debate is full of practical, legal, and moral questions that ...

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