Never forget why Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis
1/17/2018 9:38:04 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't plan to get involved in the Memphis garbage worker's strike. He hadn't planned to be there on the fateful day when he was shot on April 4, 1968. King was pressured to go the first time and found the garbage worker's strike compelling. He promised to return, and felt it important to keep his word, despite a packed schedule. Memphis was so very important, because the 1,300 Black men who worked in the city’s sanitation department were treated despicably. Two workers had been crushed in a garbage compactor in...

Obama mega-donor tries to manipulate Trump using solar trade case
1/17/2018 9:36:08 PM

By Rick Manning Trying to untangle the web of financial interests behind the two foreign solar panel manufacturers that have filed a trade case against hundreds of American-owned solar companies is tricky: one company is controlled by a foreign hedge fund, while the other company’s equity is split between German cronies of Angela Merkel and the Qatari government.  The two companies are asking President Trump to impose tariffs against hundreds of American-owned solar companies, and the potential payout if they are successful runs into the billions.  But one of the...

Republican tax reform—an instant success!
1/17/2018 9:33:30 PM

By Harry C. Alford Finally, our Congress was able to move a significant form of law.  It took a great while with immense controversy and debate.  Congress, or should I say the Republican portion of Congress passed the long overdue tax reform.  It is incredible that not one Democrat voted for the legislation.  Apparently, the Dems have become out of touch with mainstream America.  Who doesn’t want a tax decrease?  Unbelievably the Democratic members of Capitol Hill refused to support such an attractive peace of legislation.  What happened after...

Packed emergency rooms, deaths as flu hits California hard
1/12/2018 5:59:27 PM

The flu has hit California so hard this season, pharmacies have run out of medicine to treat it, emergency rooms are packed and the death toll is rising. State health officials say that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. That's compared to three the same time last year, The Los Angeles Times reports . According to health officials, there's no region of the state where people were being spared from the flu. At UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the emergency room saw more than 200 patients on at least one day, mostly because of...

Black students hit hard by for-profit college debt
1/12/2018 5:55:36 PM

By Charlene Crowell Communications Deputy Director, Center for Responsible Lending Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple generations including the student, parents, and even grandparents or other relatives. Today’s 21st Century jobs usually demand higher education and specialized skills to earn one’s way into the middle class. In households where educational loans are inevitable, it becomes an important family...

African-American unemployment hit record low in December
1/12/2018 5:54:35 PM

By Christopher Rugaber Years of steady hiring and economic growth have delivered a cumulative benefit for at least one group that hasn't always shared in America's prosperity. The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. The reasons range from a greater number of black Americans with college degrees to a growing need for employers in a tight job market to widen the pool of people they hire from. “The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the...

MLK’s unheralded victories recorded in the Black press
1/12/2018 5:52:16 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered as a social activist and Baptist minister whose role was integral in the Civil Rights Movement. Publicly and privately, King fought for equality, justice and human rights for African Americans and others who suffered from racism, segregation and other injustices. His sermons, including the “Drum Major Instinct,” and his speeches like, “I Have a Dream,” are as important as they are legendary. But, those closest to King recalled some of his more unheralded feats. They also...

King’s lasting impact on equity in education
1/12/2018 5:46:53 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement is indisputable, but his fight for equity in education remains a mystery to some. That fight began with his own education. “He clearly had an advanced, refined educational foundation from Booker T. Washington High School, Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University,” said Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His education in his speeches and sermons and writings were apparent and he wanted us all to have that type of...

Black caucus chair criticizes judicial appointment
1/12/2018 5:45:26 PM

By Brian Witte The chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment of Worcester County's state's attorney to be a circuit court judge because the prosecutor's office is part of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit. But the governor's spokeswoman says the appointee is no longer specifically named in the case and was recommended by a state commission. Del. Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat, said Thursday the caucus will discuss Beau Oglesby's appointment next week. The caucus had been scheduled to take up the...

Former NFL player raises money for space heaters, coats for students
1/12/2018 5:44:00 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke Thousands of people stepped up to help former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin raise money for students in Baltimore’s public schools after his tweets showing students wearing jackets and winter hats inside a classroom went viral. The former NFL player has continued to raise awareness about the issue by promoting a clothing drive and other initiatives to support the students. A senior at Coppin State University named Samierra Jones set up a “GoFundMe” account to support Maybin’s effort. The GoFundMe page says that,...