January Special!
Shall We Say Grace?
11/28/2018 9:53:13 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   When I was a child, my father kept an editorial cartoon pinned up in the vestibule of our church that made a deep impression on me I have never forgotten. It was a black and white drawing by the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Herblock that was originally published in the Washington Post in October 1947. The picture shows well-dressed, happy White people sitting at a banquet table overflowing with place settings, goblets, and so much food the table cannot hold any more: a roast, gravy boats, bread and butter, covered dishes, heaping platters of sides....

Marian Wright Edelman Stepping Aside from CDF
11/28/2018 9:42:56 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Marian Wright Edelman, a trailblazer, freedom fighter and champion of causes that affect the nation’s young, has announced that she’s stepping aside from the Children’s Defense Fund, an organization she founded 45 years ago. “Dear colleagues, supporters, partners and friends, after 45 years as President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), I have decided to transition into a new role as President Emerita in the Office of the Founder,” Wright wrote in a letter posted on the organization’s website.  “I...

Government Climate Report Warns of Worsening U.S. Disasters
11/28/2018 9:30:33 PM

By Seth Borenstein   WASHINGTON (AP)—As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts President Donald Trump. The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and before Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. It says warming-charged extremes “have already become...

Lessons in Servant Leadership
11/23/2018 10:00:47 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “The way through chaos, calamity, and confusion is not by adding chaos, calamity, and confusion. That multiplies what’s hurting us and undermining us. The Hebrew and Christian Bibles insist from the first chapter to the last chapter you cannot overcome evil with evil, you have to overcome evil with good. Depart from evil, do not be overcome by evil. An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. A tooth for a tooth means that therefore soon everyone is toothless. You cannot bind up the wounds of people in our land by pouring sand into the...

Kitty On the Outside or a Tree Frog On the Inside
11/23/2018 9:59:42 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I thought, which is a dangerous activity for me, that I had pulled one over on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. It is a rare occasion when I actually do something like this. At my age, I assume I could get away with something. I guess I am just not old enough. Several weeks ago, I happened to look out the back window and saw a kitty walking across our back yard. A little idea sneaked into my head. Maybe I could get some kitty treats and feed the kitty. It is not that my wife does not like kitties; she just does not like them on our property. No...

From a Digital Desert to an Entrepreneurial Hub
11/23/2018 9:58:28 PM

By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow   The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has launched a prototype project that, if successful, will transform minority, low-income and rural communities from forgotten places into entrepreneurial hubs of economic innovation. Our goal is to create communities with access to 5G technology, integrated into low-income housing, job training and access to telemedicine and social services. It will all be done with private sector resources. If this prototype is successful, it will revolutionize economic development in these distressed...

Our Vote: More Than A Desire for History, The Very Strides to Make It
11/14/2018 9:59:11 PM

By Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) The midterm election was nothing short of historic and yet again, our community is leading the United States of America towards progress. According to a CNN exit poll, 90% of African Americans voted for a Democrat in Congressional races across the country last Tuesday, propelling the Democratic party to our first majority in the House of Representatives since 2009. In Georgia, 97% of Black women who voted, voted for Stacey Abrams to become the state’s first Black female governor. It wasn’t just our desire to make history in Georgia that...

The Man Behind the “Blue Wave” in Texas
11/14/2018 9:58:06 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Political Analyst The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone here in the great state of Texas, and all across Texas, especially in Harris County and Fort Bend County, Democrats faired extremely well. The results of many of the key county and statewide political races in Texas were a shock to many voters and political observers. Nearly every race that had a Democratic candidate in it was won by a Democrat. African American women faired extremely well as a result of this “blue wave” thanks in large part to a man who generated excitement all across...

Succeeding Against the Odds
11/14/2018 9:50:04 PM

By Marian Edelman Wright After two years of divisive, hateful rhetoric from the highest levels of government, the profoundly inhumane treatment of immigrant families, and the placing of corporate profits ahead of the basic needs of children—the poorest age group in America—the results of Tuesday’s election instilled in many that most precious resource: hope. Change began sweeping across our country this week, bringing a new, diverse set of faces into the halls of Congress, governors’ mansions and statehouses. With them comes a new opportunity to improve the odds for...

The President and the Press: Unhinged Attacks Are Repulsive
11/14/2018 9:48:55 PM

By Julianne Malveaux A cursory look at the win-loss column after last week's mid-term elections suggests that nobody left the table empty-handed. Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, Republican's expanded their control of the Senate, hundreds of state legislative seats flipped from Democratic to Republican, and Democrats gained gubernatorial, Attorney General, and other key positions. But both democracy and the truth took a hit during the midterms, when the President of the United States obfuscated, prevaricated, and just plain lied every chance he got. And...