A love letter to Malcolm X

Rightfully, we pause to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. every year. Wrongfully, Malcolm X is still not so well received. Sadly, Brother Malcolm’s birthday often comes and goes without the majority of people realizing it. There is no fanfare in most quarters. No parades, no holiday, no television specials, no proclamations from the mayor … … Continued

‘Selma’ and the human Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember my Morehouse brother Martin Luther King, Jr. (Class of 1948) this year we also have the opportunity to engage director Ava DuVernay’s cinematic take on one of the greatest protest sites of the American civil rights movement — Selma (probably only eclipsed by Birmingham) and the last great march of the movement. … Continued

Prelude to the Black General Political Strike

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or … Continued

Why demonizing others makes us feel better

I find no advantage in parroting points made by every pundit, blogger or pop social media analyst out there. Even if I feel compelled to comment on an over-analyzed issue, I try to approach it differently. I hope this explains to the many people who’ve asked why I haven’t publicly commented on Ferguson, Ray Rice … Continued

The tainted Republican brand

In March of 1964, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. descended on the U.S. Capitol to hear Senate debates on a civil rights bill proposed by President John F. Kennedy the previous year. It is widely believed this was the only time the two iconic leaders ever met. Four years and one month later, … Continued

The necessity of black studies

Recent allegations by former North Carolina-Chapel Hill basketball player Rashad McCants have refueled perennial debates about university athletic department practices, exploitation of college athletes, the integrity of professors and, in this case, the viability of an academic discipline. McCants told ESPN and other news outlets that his academic advisers steered him to “sham classes” in … Continued

Donald Sterling and the ‘nation of cowards’

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder (or, as I like to call him, “The Obama you’ve been waiting for”) boldly proclaimed, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation … Continued