By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader This week I was listening to an Indianapolis midday radio talk show while driving from lunch. The call-in show conversation - spurred by news of a hazing incident that left a college student seriously injured – focused on the merits of fraternities and sororities. The...

The Chatterbox

HEAD IN THE SAND We be hearing dat at least four big-time Negroes are keepin’ a low profile after being alerted dat their names done popped up on some sort of list. Well, if you’re a regular reader of this column, then you know we ain’t talkin’ bout no grocery...
By Julianne Malveaux I love graduations! I thoroughly enjoy the sense of achievement and possibility that permeates the air. Graduations signify an ending, but the term “commencement” is used to signify beginnings since they are not only an opportunity to mark completion, but also to mark the beginning of a...
By Julianne Malveaux Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and Democratic activist and pastor Leah Daughtry took to the stage to have a conversation about politics, voting, and political courage. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) was scheduled to attend the Spirit of Democracy awards dinner, hosted by the National...
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford For the last few years, most states and major populations have had Disparity Studies done to ensure that no apparent discrimination is happening in the procurement activities. They aren’t doing it to be fair. It is the law! A few challenges against minority business...

WHITE RAGE

By Oscar H. Blayton LBJ was right, but wrong. When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said of the Democratic Party, “We have lost the South for a generation.” However, President Johnson’s estimate of the damage done to his party in the eyes of white America...

THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION

Dr. Conrad Worrill, Chicago Crusader Much has been said about Haiti and its historical context. In order to understand the history of Haiti and the importance of the Haitian Revolution when Haitian people proclaimed their independence on January 1, 1804, everyone should begin reading and studying about Haiti. We must...
Harry C. Alford, Kay DeBow
Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow Our organization, National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), has selected a new Chair.  Courtney Reynolds, who has done a splendid job at the helm, is stepping down and will take on her new duties as Committee Chair of the Women Empowerment Initiative....
By Vernon A. Williams It is easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment – particularly when the so-called leader of the free world fashions vitriolic, divisive rhetoric that constitute Weapons of Mass Distraction. The truth is closer to center. The truth is, we have come a long...
Dr. Conrad Worrill, Chicago Crusader Each August that we celebrate Marcus Garvey’s birthday, we should revisit his contributions and study the works of this great African hero. Marcus Garvey left a rich historical legacy for us to study and utilize in our continued quest for independence and liberation as a...