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Power of Publishing: Celebrating Black History Month
2/19/2020 4:04:48 PM

By Laci Wright Courtesy allenpress.com   WASHINGTON—Each February, we celebrate Black History Month to remember and recognize the important events, people and cultural activities that have shaped our nation. Through this blog, we will highlight some of the first African-Americans who were bold enough to create change through the power of publishing. People like Rev. Peter Williams, Jr., William Hamilton, David Ruggles, Frederick Douglass and more. These individuals fought against injustice and created a platform for their voices to be heard through the written, printed...

Column: Shame on college football for lack of Black coaches
2/13/2020 4:27:20 PM

By Paul Newberry   Colleges around the country wrapped up their football signing classes this week, proudly touting scores of African-American athletes as the next big stars. It's a whole different situation on the sideline. Segregation still rules the coaching ranks. And not just the top guys. A review of all 130 Football Bowl Subdivision schools found shockingly low numbers, with Blacks still largely shut out of head coaching positions and, to an even greater degree, the prime coordinator spots. While the NFL has come under fire for its lack of minority coaches,...

Light your candle in the darkness
2/13/2020 4:25:20 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman Founder, President Emerita   So many people feel so overwhelmed and disempowered by the stress of the current moment that they convince themselves they can’t make a difference. So they don’t even try. They bury their talents in the ground and let their spirits wither on the vine of life. I hope they will bestir themselves at least to say every day as an anonymous old man did: “I don’t have the answers, life is not easy, but my heart is in the right place.” It is so important not to let ourselves off the hook or to become...

Did I just call myself?
2/13/2020 4:23:40 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I am old enough to remember those days when there was nothing like cell phones. Oh, those quiet, golden silent days. At the time, I did not realize just how wonderful that time was. Every time you needed to make a phone call, you had to go to where a phone was. Those were the days of the telephone booth. Remember those? That's were Clark Kent turned into Superman. We don’t have Superman today because there are no telephone booths. I well remember the day I bought my first cell phone. I hesitated because I enjoyed my quiet time. However, the...

Kobe Bryant: ‘God is great! It don’t get no simpler than that bro!’’
2/5/2020 2:14:02 PM

By Larry Buford   In the aftermath of the tragic accident on Sunday, January 26, 2020—where basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash—there have been many somber and celebratory tributes in Los Angeles and around the world. TV clips of him, whether in action on the court, or off court interviews are constant; and they all point to his dedication to the game; his strong, disciplined work ethic; and his respect and love for others—especially his wife Vanessa and their children. One of the stories...

What did we know before Facebook?
2/5/2020 2:12:05 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   To paraphrase one of my favorite humorist, Will Rogers, “All I know is what I read on Facebook.” I must admit that I also get information from Facebook. I can keep up with my family and friends, know what they are doing, and know what they are saying. The information there, whether true or not, is available to all who read. Quite honestly, I don’t always believe what I read on Facebook. Just saying! As you grow and get older, you adjust to the changing environment that you are in along with the technology. I well remember the day I...

Be ever vigilant: no turning back
1/30/2020 3:22:21 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   A new Black History Month ad by Google featuring some of the search engine’s “Most Searched” terms has gained a lot of attention. It begins with a simple statement: “There are moments in American history that captivate us all.” Viewers then see images from the top Google searches for 20 of those historic moments: The most searched performance. Most searched guitar solo. Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner. Female poet…Tennis player. Ballerina. Gymnast. Athlete…Homecoming. Tap dancer. Pulitzer winner. Talk show...

Failing at greatness
1/24/2020 5:55:20 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   In January 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took a rare sabbatical to write what would become his last book: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? In the final chapter he raised this question: “Not too many years ago, Dr. Kirtley Mather, a Harvard geologist, wrote a book entitled Enough and to Spare. He set forth the basic theme that famine is wholly unnecessary in the modern world. Today, therefore, the question on the agenda must read: Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the...

Column: MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticism
1/24/2020 5:53:48 PM

By Paul Newberry   When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game's most significant figures. Not necessarily for what he did on the field, though tossing a pair of no-hitters is certainly a worthy achievement. Let's just hope all his fellow players give him a big tip of the cap when he takes the mound this season. After all, Fiers blew the lid off one of the most nefarious schemes in the history of the national pastime, a scandal that ranks right up there with the Black Sox and the Steroids...

Please don't mess with my peanut butter
1/24/2020 5:47:40 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Normally, I'm a rather calm, cool and collected person. Actually, my creditors trying to collect things from me, mostly money, are responsible for this and I have been officially collected. If I could only collect my thoughts, but the pieces are too small and too few. Anybody who knows me knows I am not easily rattled by anything. I let the chips fall where they may because I know from whence they came. I am not susceptible to the various rumors making their way around on a regular basis. All the debate about global warming, for example, has not in...