An urgent call for more aid and fair treatment for Puerto Rico

A National Public Radio story this week described a visit to Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, a public elementary school in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico: “‘PRESENTE!!!’ about 40 kids shout on cue — they’re the ones ...

All out to two important October conferences

The dog days of summer are not behind us, and the September Equinox has brought us my favorite season.

The fight to protect voting rights continues #StayWoke

We all know the power of the vote. One person, one vote serves as the basic ethos and measurement of any democratic nation. Without true voter protection, integrity and universal access, America’s light on the hill dims.


Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan was “Making America Great Again,” but many of his words and actions are emboldening white supremacists and neo-Nazis who seek to make America hate again.

Staying on Message

Last month’s column was a small tribute to the 10th Anniversary of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ).

Thoughts on NAACP’s “Retooling”

When news broke that the national board of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) voted not to renew the contract of its president and CEO for the past three years, Cornell Brooks, people started speculating about ...

Making America Great

As we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th this is a good time to reflect on the state of our union.

Our children deserve high quality teachers

I am a native Washingtonian. I still live on the same street that my parents brought me home to 50 plus years ago.

Education is key to our success

This spring and summer millions of black American parents will watch with pride as their sons and daughters graduate from high school and college.

HBCU leaders, advocates must engage Democrats and Republicans

As the president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), I’m spending a good amount of time working to build strategic, government alliances that extend beyond our traditional Democratic support.

Diversity is more than a Mosaic

There is a lot of conversation today about diversity and inclusion, and for some it’s more about checking the box when it comes to hiring and extending contract opportunities to African Americans.

Reconnecting clergy and civil rights

The black church in America has been synonymous with the history and struggle for civil and human rights in our nation. From the arrival of the first slave ship to America until today, when African-Americans, minorities and other groups are ...

A “survival of the fittest” budget

In their health care plan, budget proposals and policies, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are sending a message about what kind of society they want.

Representing your constituency - reciprocity for those you serve

In last month’s column, I shared with you the current state of the African American community in New Jersey. Specifically, the 66,000 African American business owners of which only 7 percent have employees, and the double digit employment and poverty ...

Let’s get focused

Coming into the New Year following the election of our 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, I felt compelled to use my column to help keep the African American community in New Jersey, as best I could, ...