Baltimore City Schools, Throwback to Jim Crow Era

Submitted to the AFRO by Karsonya Wise Whitehead I have been a Baltimore City resident for close to fifteen years. My husband and I are raising our sons here and teaching them how to navigate...

The Queen of Soul and the Contralto

Submitted to the AFRO by Joe Marx I only saw Aretha Franklin perform once.  It was April, 1983; the venue was Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.  The Queen of Soul shared the evening with arguably the Earl...

How Can It Be National Wellness Month When There is an Opioid Crisis?

Submitted to the AFRO by Kevin Daniels and Anthony Estreet All around the country, the month of August has been designated as National Wellness Month with the focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines....

The Frederick Douglass Story Continues to Resonate

Submitted to the AFRO by Kim F. Hall The following is an excerpt from the book If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection. It has been edited for length...

My Plea to Rape Apologists

Submitted to the AFRO by Nia Hampton Calling out abuse in your community isn’t divisive, being abusive toward your community is. I know this because I wanted to “save” my abuser. My abuser wasn’t a man....

The Abuse Won’t Stop Until We Change Police Culture

Submitted to the AFRO by Ron Harris and Matthew Horace Another day, another week, another month, another viral video of a police officer gone wild.  This time it’s Baltimore, a city already under a federal...

Our Children’s Education is on the Ballot this Year

Submitted to the AFRO by Elijah E. Cummings More than half a century ago, my parents and a wonderful teacher named Mr. Hollis Posey followed their hearts and championed my right to learn.  As a...

Do the Right Thing

By Ken Morgan, Special to the AFRO I do not defend or condemn Adam Jackson regarding the rape or physical abuse charges reported in the AFRO last week. Women do possess the right to say...

Beware the False Promise of Free Tuition

By Michael Dannenberg Over the next couple of weeks as Marylanders ready to send their kids to college, Gov. Larry Hogan is apt to take a victory lap for recently signing into law a half-measure...

Why Marcus Garvey’s Ideas are Still Relevant

By Sam P.K. Collins, Senghor Jawara Baye and Baba Mos Woodson Banneker Jackson-Bey Division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association - African Community Leagues (Division 330, UNIA-ACL) Amid police-involved shootings, filthy drinking water, abysmal public education...

Baltimore Remains a Tale of Two Cities

By Karsonya ‘Kaye’  Wise Whitehead For some of you, who live in Hamden or Mount Washington, the reality of having to set up No Shoot Zones, where children can be safe from gun violence, does...

Black and Biracial Americans Wouldn’t Need to Code-Switch if We Lived in a Post-Racial...

By Chandra D.L. Waring, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) In telling the story of Cassius, a young Black man who becomes an extraordinarily...
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