To tell the truth “What is your name, please?”

August 13, 2014

This was the opening question by the game show host of “To Tell The Truth.” Each week the three challengers were asked the same question, as they were introduced to a celebrity panel and to the audience. In response each challenger would then state, “My name is ….” It was after each challenger gave the… [Read More]

It’s time for an ‘Inclusion Revolution’

August 13, 2014

Brows furrowed, eyes focused, I was busy concentrating on my latest artistic masterpiece. As my hands carefully guided the acrylic paint across the canvas with the stroke of a brush, I became aware of a classmate standing nearby silently contemplating my subject. I paused and gave him a quizzical look. After all, my ninth grade… [Read More]

Is the problem guns or people?

August 13, 2014

The police in Milwaukee have confiscated over 1300 firearms this year alone. This number of guns confiscated is notably higher than the total taken in 2013. It has been theorized that fewer firearms on the street would cut down on the number of senseless violent acts. The police have done their job by cutting the… [Read More]

We’re all accountable to the movement (part 4)

August 11, 2014

06_28_14+MWC+++_proof4 3-1Rahim Islam is a National Speaker and Writer, Convener of Philadelphia Community of Leaders, and President/CEO of Universal Companies, a community development and education management company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Follow Rahim Islam on FaceBook(Rahim Islam) & Twitter (@RahimIslamUC) Some people say that the deal that was negotiated wasn’t good enough and lacked the… [Read More]

Black colleges must change to survive, thrive

August 11, 2014

The debate around the relevancy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is at least as old as the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that “separate but equal” educational systems are inherently unequal. The data and experiences of countless HBCU alumni like me tell a much different story: HBCUs play… [Read More]

The war on poverty

April 18, 2014

Over fifty years ago, January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his “War on Poverty” by introducing legislation that expanded the role of the federal government in reducing the level of poverty in America. This powerful legislation created several programs including Head Start, food stamps (SNAP), work study, Community Action Agencies, VISTA, Medicare and… [Read More]

Staying focused

April 18, 2014

Rev. Al Sharpton President, National Action Network Distraction is nothing new. On the road to progress and justice, obstruction is expected. Throughout history, when people push for change, they are routinely attacked, ridiculed and criticized. Not even the President of the United States is exempt from distractors, nor is the attorney general. Last week at… [Read More]

Improving the odds for America’s children

April 18, 2014

More than 40 years ago the earliest planning for what would become the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) took place at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. CDF began in 1973 in a Harvard University owned clapboard house. Our beginning was bolstered by a two-volume publication of the Harvard Educational Review in 1973 and 1974 among… [Read More]

The great divide of income inequality

April 17, 2014

By Marc H. Morial “Income inequality” has become the political buzzword of 2014. Most recently, in his State of the Union address, President Obama made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making the issue a focus of this year’s mid-term elections, and leading voices… [Read More]

Saving our brothers

April 17, 2014

“Too often we define a man’s success by what he has rather than who he is.” Those are the words of Tony Dungy from his book “Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to what it means to be a Man.” For those who do not remember, Coach Dungy was the first African American coach to win a Super… [Read More]