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Environmental justice must be a national priority

By Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) Too often missing in discussions on the challenges facing African Americans is any focus on environmental justice, the idea that all people should enjoy a clean, healthy environment while being treated equally with regard to environmental policies, regulations, and laws. African-American communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation,…

The Continuing Scourge of Poverty, Hunger and Hopelessness in Rich America

By Marian Wright Edelman  A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come…

A Time to Break Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman  Fifty years ago on April 4, 1967, our prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” at New York City’s Riverside Church. It was his first major public antiwar speech and a powerful warning that a rise in racial hatred, militarism and…

National Urban League Young Professionals President Encourages Young Professionals of Color in the Age of President Trump

Carlos Clanton, National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) president provides words of encouragement for young professionals who may be living with intense uncertainty in the current political climate. In a recent blog post, he answered the question “what now?” Clanton draws upon the strength of leaders from previous eras and provides insights for action steps…

Research Paper Reveals ‘Ignored Potential’ of Black Women in Engineering

With employment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expected to increase by 10 percent over the next three years, and thousands of unfilled positions reported in some STEM sectors, the dearth of African-American engineering graduates has been cause for alarm nationwide. Little known, however, is that gender is a major factor in the anemic…

Speak Out To Protect Your Health

By Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance. The impact of any…

Charleston’s Freedom School a Step in the Right Direction

By Barney Blakeney    I’ve always thought that municipal governments should play a more significant role in public education. I was blessed to have come through school at a time when a public school education was as good as almost any other. Although ours was a racially segregated public school system (the current system is…

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Every Day Is A Noteworthy Happening

By Hakim Abdul-Ali      There are many times in my secluded thoughts that I wonder about the intrinsic realities of the omnipresent here and ubiquitous now with extreme spiritual reflections. It seems as though that the living experience is always teaching me something about the awesome simplicities of life itself. Take for instance when,…

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President Donald Trump, #45

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    According to an article in the New York Times, a current and a former American government official reported that President Trump, or #45, for those who refuse to accept him as President, “boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week providing details…

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Times Are Changing, So Should Our Political Strategies

By Barney Blakeney   The rumor mill had been buzzing for weeks about a political upheaval in North Charleston. The word was that S.C. House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper would be stepping down from the seat he’s occupied the past 23 years. I was a little conflicted. As far as I can tell, the…

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A Muslim Remembers the Departed

By Hakim Abdul-Ali            “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon” is what a Muslim says when someone passes. It literally means “To ALLAH we belong and to Him (alone) is our return.” That’s a powerful and resonant verisimilitude to always keep in one’s spiritual mirror going forward, and, as I’ve been…

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Mother’s Day: Reflections of a Daughter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Mother’s Day is a special time set aside to recognize mothers nationally. And, if your mother has passed away, it’s a time of reflection. There is barely a day that goes by that I don’t think about my mother. Sometimes, it’s just the little things that pop up during the day…

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