Who was Julian Bond?

Today I’m writing to all the would-be dreamers, the young people who would believe they could make a difference if only they knew what to do, and our future leaders—the only leaders who will be left in 50 years time. You may have heard that Saturday, August 15th, Julian Bond died. Who was Julian Bond?…

What do they think of me?

According to political conservatives, racial discrimination is said to no longer be institutional and there is no longer any need for policies that provide socioeconomic protections for blacks. Further, according to political conservatives, if any racial discrimination is happening, it is being committed by a few bigoted individuals, socialized to hold bigoted notions, believe that…

Black News and the Black Community

The very essence of the Black community is enshrined through Black news mediums.  They give expression to Black pluralistic cultural identity, allowing Blacks to pool and to share their resources.  The famous African proverb extols the notion that it takes a village to raise a child.  Black news mediums allow that village to operate on…

To Blacks: Keep off the sidewalk!

In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of the unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, Robert Zimmerman Jr. in a post-verdict interview said Trayvon Martin was “… armed with a sidewalk.”  Really? Sidewalks according to Robert Zimmerman Jr. are weapons.  I thought they were paved walkways along streets for walking on.  I…

Can common fate and collective action displace discordance to stabilize Howard University?

Originally published June 17, 2013 In Vice Chair Renee Higginbotham-Brooks’ April 24, 2013 letter to the Howard University Board of Trustees, she advised that the University is essentially in financial trouble and failure to act collectively will mean the demise of the institution within three years. Howard University’s troubles detailed in Higginbotham-Brooks’ letter include: The…