Will HUD Secretary Ben Carson Enforce the Fair Housing Act?
4/12/2018 12:49:01 PM

By Julianne Malveaux The Fair Housing Act was passed a week after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. President Lyndon Johnson encouraged Congress to pass the legislation as a tribute to the slain civil rights leader, who, along with several civil rights organizations (including the NAACP), strongly supported the act. African American veteran’s organizations (including the American GI Forum) were especially passionate about the legislation, especially since Vietnam veterans were among those experiencing severe housing discrimination. Senator Ed Brooke (R-Mass.), the only...

Let’s Move Forward Together
4/5/2018 8:06:11 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta’s City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the chance to be part of something larger than myself or our campus. My college diary captured a bit of the excitement of those days: Now as never before is the chance offered to do something. This is a history-making epoch where we – me – the young – can be...

Hold Fast Against the Assault on Dr. King's Legacy
4/5/2018 8:05:01 PM

By Rev. Jesse Jackson The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination comes amid a fierce struggle for the soul of America. We will celebrate the progress that has been made since Dr. King was taken from us in 1968, and decry the agenda that is still unfinished.  But we cannot ignore the systematic effort – from the highest offices of government – to roll back his legacy, to make America more separate and unequal, to reverse the progress of the last years. From the White House and across the great cabinets of the federal government, civil rights...

From Rally to Power: The Civic Obligation of Young Black Leaders
4/5/2018 8:03:49 PM

By Tiffany Dena Loftin Who would have thought that in less than 15 days, I would have to coordinate and manage 1,000 young, Black student leaders from over 24 cities on 17 buses in the name of gun reform and safety? The reality is, sometimes the work chooses you. I started my new job one day before the mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We’ve got over 650 active and registered NAACP chapters on high school and college campuses across the country. We are the only organization, period, that can reach that many Black, young, organized members. Since...

What a Difference a Director Makes at CFPB
4/5/2018 8:01:57 PM

By Charlene Crowell In 1959, the late Dinah Washington (1924-1963) won a Grammy Award for her R&B hit song, “What a Difference a Day Makes”. The song tells the story of how a blossoming romance dramatically changed life – for the better. Its last lyrics, conclude that “the difference is you”. When I consider the steady stream of changes at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), I would alter those lyrics to “What a Difference a Director Makes”. Mick Mulvaney, the illegally appointed acting director of the CFPB has indeed...

Former LB Poly Coach Settles Lawsuit
4/5/2018 7:31:06 PM

LOS ANGELES—A former longtime girls' soccer coach at Long Beach Poly High School has settled her suit against the Long Beach Unified School District alleging the district stripped her of her coaching job for complaining about gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Lawyers for Teri Collins filed court papers on March 5 stating that a conditional resolution of the case was reached. No terms were divulged and it was not immediately clear if the settlement is subject to approval by the Board of Education. Collins' Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleged retaliation,...

Ask Dr. Kevin: Stigma in Sickle Cell Disease: How It Impacts ED Care
4/5/2018 7:19:36 PM

By Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease Unit The opioid crisis in the United States is at an all-time high, impacting thousands of Americans every day. What may surprise you is the impact this crisis has on people with medical conditions that cause severe pain, particularly when they receive treatment in the emergency department (ED). In light of the current opioid crisis, ED staff have become much more vigilant in monitoring suspected drug abuse. This can have particular implications for people with sickle cell disease (SCD), whose top reason for visiting...

Marching for Our Children’s Lives and Nation’s Soul
3/28/2018 9:32:10 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman I am so proud of every one of the brave young survivors and opponents of gun violence, organizers, and marchers who will be leading adults in the March For Our Lives and sister marches across the nation this Saturday. We have so much work to do to build safe communities for all our children. We must follow our marching by electing leaders at all levels of government who will protect children, not guns and stand up to the NRA for every child’s right to live and learn free of gun violence. But that will not happen until mothers and grandmothers, fathers and...

Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey
3/28/2018 9:30:10 PM

By Charlene Crowell Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act. As observances begin across the country, now is an appropriate time to recall how fair housing was a key issue for Dr. Martin...

Black Women Need Better Access to Reproductive Healthcare
3/28/2018 9:29:10 PM

By Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley I’ve been a practicing OB/GYN for nearly 15 years, long enough to see patient after patient struggle through the web of systemic barriers that make accessing healthcare needlessly difficult. At my practice in Baltimore, in a state that is a national trailblazer in providing comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare, I still hear every day from women who struggle to get the care they need. My patients have told me stories about having to take three buses to get to an appointment, only to be turned away, if they are late. Some patients...