As one who has dedicated the majority of my adult life to advocating for righteousness and justice for all people, this was not a political or party meeting — it was a divine appointment. I would have a chance to once again represent the voiceless to the highest office in our land. I would be able to appeal on behalf of the incarcerated and their families.
After watching part of the presidential debate; I asked myself that question. While the economy has recovered significantly from the Great Recession of the late 2000's, a disturbing trend is emerging.
"You're getting your inheritance early." Those were my father's words to me as he explained that he was taking money that he might have left me in his will and spending it on my private school tuition.
At first glance it would seem that the Republican Party is determined to ignore the minority vote this election year. After all, its presumptive nominee is a man with unprecedented unfavorable ratings among Blacks, Latinos and other communities of color.
Donald Trump's highly publicized meeting with a group of black pastors was met immediately with reactions ranging from skepticism to condemnation.
The recent racial unrest at the University of Missouri reignited the growing controversy over the existence and nature of "white privilege."
Is white privilege causing the problems at The University of Missouri? The simple answer is no. Let me explain why.
As technology changes, so does the job market. Two centuries ago, most low skilled workers would have found work as farmhands, while a century ago they would have been employed in a factory. Today they are most likely to work in the service industry, whether in retail, food service, janitorial services or as personal care aides in a nursing home or hospital.
The unimaginable tragedy of Katrina presented a unique opportunity to those tasked with rebuilding its educational system. Prior to the storm, New Orleans' public schools were among the worst in the country.
This summer, President Obama made history by becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He met with inmates at the Federal Corrections Institute in El Reno (30 miles west of Oklahoma City), listening to their stories and sharing his own. The President was right to visit the prison and to advocate reviewing how Americans view our criminal justice process.
Long before contemporary reality television appeared, the 1978 Scared Straight documentary had people across the country glued to their television sets as it broke new ground for on-air grit and profanity.
As the primary season for the 2016 presidential election heats up, we hear all sorts of rhetoric surrounding the meaning of good leadership. ... But what is God's plan for leadership, not just for our elected officials, but for everyday people?
No one living has missed the slogan " Black Lives Matter"! Even presidential contenders have been scolded because of their opinions about this slogan. But what about the economics of the black and brown communities?
How can we ensure that all parents can make the choice that Glenn and Sheri did for Shante?
The education gap between Latinos and whites is in some ways more complicated than the gap between African Americans and whites.
Our national wounds are deep and we must ask ourselves the question, "What are our next steps? How can we take the healing to another level?"
Many people in my circle of influence wonder if this ruling will lead to the abridging of our most basic constitutional rights, such as the right to live by personal conviction and the free exercise of religion.
Does the violence in these cities mark the unofficial beginning of a new season of urban violence? Is this the beginning of the worst season of both rioting and lawlessness the US has seen since 1968 after the assassination of Dr. King?
Last December, Washington, DC voters approved a measure legalizing marijuana for users over 21. In a legislative battle that highlighted how controversial and complex the issue is, Congress immediately moved to ban the sale and purchase of the drug, creating a challenging situation for law enforcement.
Filmmaking has historically been the territory of glamorous and highly secularized Hollywood. But like CCM, Christian filmmaking has been growing steadily, largely outside of Los Angeles
The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last December has infected more than 100 people in 14 states, most recently victimizing five infants at a Chicago area daycare. Last year, there were 644 cases of measles reported, by far the largest number in a decade and a half.
In the summer of 2009, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election. The protests were quickly dubbed the "Twitter Revolution," because protestors were able to use the well-known social network to communicate with one another and with the world.
The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever. On the one hand, President Obama believes that our differences are just being exposed. On the other hand a few of us feel that the President and Attorney General Holder exacerbated the race problem.
I remember seeing pictures of Fidel Castro for nearly 50 years. His image has changed from a black haired, Liam Neeson like figure dressed in combat fatigues to a wizened old man. Today's 88 year-old Castro does not look as dangerous or iron -willed as he did in the past, but very little about the essence of the man has changed.
With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, candidates around the country are scrambling to make their case to voters. Republicans—whose brand has been weakening for at least a decade—are hoping to make big gains, particularly in the Senate. Polls indicate that many races are still tight, so the outcome is far from certain.