Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford The National Black Chamber of Commerce is coming into its 25th year of existence. Kay and I have come a long way since drawing plans on her kitchen table in suburban Indianapolis. It was a dream and our plans were an underestimate of what...

TOWARD A LIVING WAGE

By Julianne Malveaux It is unfathomable that the federal minimum wage has not been increased in more than a decade, since 2007, that the wage, at $7.25 per hour, has remained flat through recession and recovery, through extremely high unemployment rates and much lower ones. Republicans have absolutely refused to consider...

Our Return to Cuba

Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford What a difference sixteen years can make! When the National Black Chamber of Commerce first visited Cuba, in 2000, it was a very awkward process. First we had to fill out a lengthy application and submit it to our Treasury Department. After three months,...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader This is personal. And yet, it is as much for you as me. A few Saturdays ago was the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. I was in Gary for a statewide church convention. A childhood friend, Daryl McCullough, invited me to watch the game at...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow “I don’t belong to any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Will Rogers. If Mr. Rogers were alive today, he would not alter the above claim at all. The Democratic Party went into a meltdown upon the results of the 2016...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow We must begin to wonder what is the condition of the mentality of America? That must be determined by the morals, customs and positions that we take on various cultural topics. Much of that can be guided through our spiritual interpretations. In...

Proud To Be A Black Woman

By Delmarie Cobb Never have I been more proud to be a Black woman than after learning the demographic breakdown of last week’s presidential election. Black women without a college degree, voted for Hillary Clinton 91 percent. Black women with a college degree voted for the first woman presidential nominee,...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford Last week, the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2 which is the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (also known as the Farm Bill). There were a lot of reasons why. The most popular reason is that it is going to implement...
By Vernon A. Williams “These are times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet, we...
Crusader Staff Report Lem’s Barbeque, a community institution, will celebrate its 65th birthday with a two-day celebration at the eatery’s Grand Crossing location August 30-31. Several events will be held in the eatery’s parking lot, located at 311 E. 75th Street. Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Maurice Joshua will provide the music....