John Lewis Made America a More Perfect Union

By The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law The nation awakes to the overwhelmingly sad news that Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a champion for democracy and civil rights, has passed. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: “From marching…

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CFPB Gives a Green Light to Predatory Payday Lenders: Ability-to-Repay Stripped from Regulation

By Charlene Crowell As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout the country, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently took an ill-advised and untimely action. On July 7, the agency gutted its own 2017 payday rule that required lenders to first determine whether a consumer could afford to repay the high-cost loan.   This regulatory reversal represents…

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Emmett Till, George Floyd Generational Wake-Up Calls

By A. Peter Bailey ( – For many black teenagers in my generation, the JET magazine photo of 14-year old Emmett Till’s brutalized body after he was lynched by white supremacists was a wake-up call about the true nature of race in the United States. The August 1955 horrific photo gave us a searing memory…

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The Measure of a President

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq ( – As a student of philosophical principles, I am aware of the school of thought that does not believe in the existence of “NORMAL” as a universal state of being. A testament to that idea is the fact that each of us has a unique set of experiences…

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Symbols, Statues, and Substance

By Julianne Malveaux ( – Socially isolated and alone in my home, I lifted my fist into the air when I learned that the Mississippi legislature voted to remove the Confederate stars and bars from their flag. As NACCP President Derrick Jackson said, “it’s been a long time coming.” A long time since the songstress…

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Real Table Talk

By Chaplain Debbie Walker, BSN, RN, OCN, Texas Metro News Contributor Take a seat, take a breath, and let me walk you through a straightforward and truthful perspective on this new entity that is the topic of our conversations nowadays, Coronavirus, or COVID-19 which is now a part of everyday conversation. For the next few…

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“We Struggle Together, We Thrive Together”

By Marian Wright Edelman In the midst of this moment of national trauma I wanted to share a story of hope. When Jacquelyn Kendricks, program director at Roberts Family Development Center, heard her daughter say she had confronted a bully at school, Jacquelyn went into “natural mom mode.” “Listen, Taylor, that’s not your business,” Kendricks…

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