Prayers for Our School Children
9/5/2018 12:04:25 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   As children across the country return to their classrooms, I share prayers for them in this new school year. I begin with a special prayer for children struggling to beat the odds: Live child—no matter what! Don’t let anybody or anything stop you Like the flowers in the crannied walls squeezing life as ivy, ferns, molds, and yellow buds stretching towards the sun rise from the rocky soil cling to the naked bumpy walls work your roots into the tiny crevices, nooks, and crannies of the unfriendly walls of race and class and...

Mysterious Missing Parts of Malcolm X's Autobiography Found
8/2/2018 8:03:33 PM

By Verena Dobnik   NEW YORK (AP)—For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th century book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965? The answer came on Thursday, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey's auction house in Manhattan—for $7,000. “We are like the Western deserts; tumbleweed, rolling and tumbling...

Auctioneer: Rosa Parks House Has Buyers, Working Out Details
8/2/2018 8:01:02 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—The auctioneer selling the house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats said after the auction on Thursday there are buyers interested, but it will take a few days to work out the details. The house was included in an auction by Guernsey's in New York as part of a larger sale of African-American cultural and historic items. It was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million, with a presale estimate of $1 million to $3 million. It didn't sell during the auction, but Arlan Ettinger, of Guernsey's, said he was...

You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Give Back
7/26/2018 9:14:17 PM

By Dr. Harry L. Williams Earlier this year, a man named Jack Weldon Patrick passed away in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A long-time lawyer, Patrick was remembered as a family man, an advocate for social justice, and a respected community leader. One day a check arrived by mail for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in memory of Jack Weldon Patrick. A few days later, another one arrived, and a few weeks later, another check. Individual donations kept coming to support the work of TMCF and our publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in honor of...

Increased funding to school choice programs
6/14/2018 8:07:30 PM

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas   When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House know exactly how they felt about the Trump Administration’s current push for school choice programs. According to edchoice.org, school choice programs allow, “public education funds to follow students to the schools or services that best fit their needs—whether that’s to a public...

Congresswoman Brownley Announces Local Winner of Congressional Art Competition
5/9/2018 9:47:23 AM

Washington D.C.—Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Annie Sun, a senior at Newbury Park High School, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District. “The level of artistic talent from the Ventura County high school students participating in this year’s competition is truly inspiring,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “This is a great reminder that the arts and creativity play a critical role in young people’s lives and their educational success. Congratulations to everyone...

Dr. James Cone
5/8/2018 11:02:25 PM

By Dr. Marian Wright Edelman   “The lynching tree interprets the cross. It keeps the cross out of the hands of those who are dominant. Nobody who is lynching anybody can understand the cross. That’s why it’s so important to place the cross and the lynching tree together, because the cross, or the crucifixion, was analogous to a first-century lynching. In fact, biblical scholars, when they want to describe what was happening to Jesus, many of them say it was a lynching. “And all I want to suggest is, if American Christians say they want to identify...

Only the Truth Will Set Us Free
5/3/2018 10:53:59 AM

Marian Wright Edelman   We want to tell the truth, because we believe in truth and reconciliation but we know that truth and reconciliation are sequential. We can’t get to where we’re trying to go if we don’t tell the truth first. —Bryan Stevenson   On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. These profoundly moving new landmarks are the vision of Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and executive director of the Equal...

Spiritually Speaking: Taking It One Day at a Time
4/5/2018 4:20:27 PM

By James Washington   Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why is it so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards, yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the...

National Geographic Acknowledges Past Racist Coverage
3/22/2018 8:07:55 PM

By Jesse J. Holland   WASHINGTON—National Geographic acknowledged last week that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent. “We had to own our story to move beyond it,” editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine's April issue, which is devoted to race. National Geographic first published its magazine in 1888. An investigation conducted...