Following Lifting of Sanctions, Development is Imperative

On Oct. 12, the U.S. announced the long overdue removal of some sanctions on Sudan. Now, new and exciting potentials lie ahead for the future of Sudan and its people. This is not the...

Budget Woes Await Winner of Presidential Election

No matter who wins the November 6 election, he will have a mess on his hands. The Budget Control Act of 2011 will cut $109 billion from the federal budget in 2013 unless Congress is...

The Enormous Blessing of Marion Barry’s Incessant Civil Rights Spirit

Washington D.C., indeed the entire Black community of this country, lost an enormous historical civil rights figure when former Washington D.C. Mayor passed away unexpectedly last week. The AFRO has had a long history...

A Dream Both Realized and Deferred

If one were to look up “tenacity” in a dictionary, one might well simply search for logo of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, or a photograph of the MLK Memorial Foundation’s Executive Director Harry Johnson...

Homegrown DC School Leaders Need More Support

By Dr. Ramona Edelin, Special to the AFRO With the scandal surrounding the federal investigation into inflated high-school graduation rates at D.C. Public Schools—the traditional public school system—and the decision of the charter board to revoke...

Update from the Md. Legislative Black Caucus

On Feb. 4, members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland welcomed hundreds of middle school and high school students, from all around the state, to the capitol for Senator Nathaniel Exum’s Youth Day...

‘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 they could furnish a room at Clark College, they could...

Influencing Barack Obama’s Second Act

There is a different feel in the air, and it should not be surprising. As historic as was the re-election of President Obama, nothing can replace the uniqueness of the opening of his first...

Assuring a world class public education for all of America’s children

America’s children will return to school later this month, eager to learn.  We all have both a moral and very practical interest in helping them succeed. As a nation, we believe that providing the...

Anthony Brown for Governor: The Best Choice for Maryland

Over the course of my lifetime, America has changed. We have embraced diversity while expanding opportunity and justice for millions of our fellow citizens. We have broken down barriers to public service from City...

‘Bill O’Racist’ at It Again

I have written about Bill O'Reilly, a/k/a "Bill O'Racist," in the past and his proclivity to distort the facts when discussing African Americans. Well, he's at it again.  On one of his recent shows on...

Protecting our right to vote

The fires that burn inside of me to protect our vote are personal, as well as social. My great, great grandfather, Mr. Scipio Rhame, was born a slave. Yet, during Reconstruction -- just 3...

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