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A Cruel Abandonment of the ‘Least of These’

By Marian Wright Edelman “Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off. Parents are telling their older kids, ‘Be brave, be brave.’ It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in 25-plus years of doing this work.” –ACLU immigration attorney Lee Gelernt Once again Americans are at a…

This is America: Black Clergy Jailed and Shackled for Supreme Court Prayer Protest

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William…

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) Black mothers are dying and it’s time to do something about it. Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable. While the deaths of 700-plus American…

Credit South Korean President for Setting Up Trump-Kim Summit

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un got on track because of the extraordinary leadership of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Remember how we got here. In 2017, Trump and Kim were trading insults and threats. Trump called Kim “Rocket Man” in his first…

Advice to Graduates: Pursue a PhD in Common Sense

By Marc H. Morial “Education must not simply teach work. It must teach life.”       – W.E.B. DuBois (TriceEdneyWire.com) – This time of year brings great pride and congratulations for graduates at all levels, from high school to doctorates. But the most important degree I can recommend is a PhD in common sense, with a…

Private-Public Business Partnership Key to Strengthening DC Workforce and Economy

By Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes Cranes in the air, vital communities and a progressive push toward changing the image of a diverse federal district are signals that the District of Columbia is evolving. As robust construction of affordable housing and development of retail projects continue, DC’s economic boom is a shared benefit for residents and businesses.…

The January Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It’s now just past the middle of the first month of the current new year and I’m thinking deeply about many issues that are popping up in my head. Those intimate thoughts are about the awe-inspiring “realities” of just being alive in the living process that are throbbing in my head. To…

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What Now After Tributes To King?

By Barney Blakeney   This week, Charleston and the nation wrapped up celebrations of the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday. What now, that the celebrations and programs are over? In Charleston, the Greater YWCA of Charleston marked its 46th annual tribute to King with 10 days of observances. The YWCA’s tribute has grown since it…

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“Me Too”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It was interesting to watch the Golden Globe awards and women in solidarity calling “time out” against men who used their positions of power to sexually harass, molest or engage in unsolicited sexual acts against women and children. However, not enough attention was focused on the same harassment, molestation and atrocities committed…

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A Snowy Wonder

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    The seasons of the year are simply spectacular to experience and behold and I’m a self-committed lover of them all. They are wondrous signs of the Creator Alone’s majestic powers. No matter the season or type of weather, I’ve become a humble, appreciative admirer of Mother Nature. That’s the only way,…

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Two Things That May Not Be So Different

By Barney Blakeney   Work with me, ya’ll. I want to talk about two things – while the “#MeToo!” outcry is resonant, reality demands caution; and people in Charleston sure can’t drive. That also requires a lot of caution. I find it hard to write about the #MeToo phenomenon. Some things really are touchy, and when…

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Same Souls; Nouveau Outlooks

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Happy New Year to all of the Charleston Chronicle’s loyal readership fan base and to others in the general and national public spheres. That greeting, of course, includes and is extended to all of the various multitudes of the bald eagle’s ethnically diverse population from Oregon to Georgia and places in…

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