OPEN A BOOK, EXPLORE A WORLD: THE PHILADELPHIA AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR

We hear the words "national emergency" so often from the bloviator that masquerades as a President that we forget what an emergency really looks like. One of our most pressing crises is the educational emergency that our nation faces, with the quality of inner-city education, in particular, so lacking that many young people are graduating from high school unequipped to manage either post-secondary education or employment. This hits African American communities hardest, with an achievement gap well documented by the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Center for Educational statistics. Why? Researchers like Georgia Perimeter College's Dr. Tiffany Flowers consider e

THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE

As I write this, our federal government has been shut down for 27 days. At first, it seemed like a gamesmanship joke, like who was going to blink first. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and (CA) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) didn't look like they were blinking when 45 said he would "own" the shutdown to get his wall. He's not owning it now – he didn't go to Mar-a-Largo to golf, and he indicated how acutely he felt the shutdown by serving Clemson football players cold fast food. Furloughed federal workers will be paid, thanks to legislation 45 signed on January 16. The fact that people will get paid when the shutdown is over (which 45 says may take "months" or "years") is reassuring

SHAME AND SHADE IN BIRMINGHAM: IN PRAISE OF ANGELA DAVIS

If anyone deserves a civil rights award, Angela Davis certainly does. The activist and scholar has been on the front lines of the civil rights movement all of her life. She has been especially active in prison reform matters, but she has also been involved in other civil and human rights issues. When I learned back in October that she would get the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, I was absolutely delighted. I imagined the wide smile the daughter of Birmingham must have flashed when she learned that she would be honored. Everyone in Birmingham wasn't thrilled, though. Some people in the conservative Southern town seemed disturbed that she had

A MORE DIVERSE CONGRESS, A MORE PERFECT UNION?

The 116th Congress, sworn in on January 3, is the most diverse our nation has ever seen. There are more women – 102 – than ever before. More members of the Congressional Black Caucus – 55 – than ever before. Indeed, a former Congressional Black Caucus intern, Lauren Underwood (D-IL) is part of the incoming first-year class. At 32, she is the youngest Black woman to serve. This Congress includes the first Native American woman, two Muslim women, openly gay representatives, and others. Much of this diversity was displayed at the ceremonial swearing-in of the Congressional Black Caucus, an inspirational event that preceded the official swearing-in on Capitol Hill. There, as I listened to

LISTEN – A 2019 CHALLENGE IN MEMORY OF ROBBY GREGG

I'm leaving 2018 behind, with its myriad trials and tribulations. For me, many of the challenges revolved around the unhealthy atmosphere in Washington, D.C., and that's not likely to change. But many of the challenges, joys, and sorrows were also personal. One of them was the loss of Robby Gregg, Jr., a diversity expert and consultant at Cook Ross, a diversity and inclusion firm in the DC area that was founded by my dear friend Howard Ross. Robby died unexpectedly at 58, just a week before Christmas. Alarmed at not having heard from him, a friend went to his home and found him gone. Unless you are part of the D&I community (as diversity experts call themselves), connected to Wake Fores

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