By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Where is the love? No matter how many times these ugly, heartbreaking, frustrating, stories surface, we can never get to the point of comfort to accept such tragedy as 'just the way it is.' No matter how frustrated and tired and exasperated we may feel, we...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader This week solemnly marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many issues for which he so diligently fought, and ultimately died for, remain unresolved today. Yet sadly, many have grown tired of talking about prejudice, discrimination and bigotry. They...
By Dr. Patricia Maryland , (NNPA News Wire Guest Columnist) Our nation continues to marshal support for the people of Flint, Michigan, as the city rebuilds after its water supply was found to be contaminated with extremely dangerous amounts of lead. The long-term exposure of Flint residents to lead, which...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader The people who live in Gary, Indiana aren’t desperate. Never have been. Never will be. Those from other places often delight in reminding residents and natives of the one-time booming metropolis that its glory days are lost in the distant past – that the ‘here...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Black churches must rekindle its role in forging social change. This weekend the Christian community observes Easter, what others refer to as Resurrection Sunday, celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ rose three days after crucifixion to save the world from sin. I won’t waste time...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Donald Trumps’ “bull in a china shop” rump over civility, humanity and intellectualism creates anxiety for many. The illusion that his unlikely ascent is unstoppable is causing some to explore Canadian real estate while others are already bracing for an apocalyptic four years of...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Let’s get one thing straight from the start, brothers and sisters. We are NOT the descendants of slaves. Our proud lineage included kings and queens, scientists and mathematicians, philosophers and writers, healers and those fighting for justice, generals and statesmen, giants of industry and masters...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader You would think the ridiculousness would be overwhelming by now. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was asked three times to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and one of its most celebrated leaders - David Duke. Duke - writing that Trump promises to break up "Jewish...
By Vernon A. Williams, Gary Crusader Can you sense a change in the atmosphere? Does your intuition suggest the status quo is in for serious rearranging? Do you just feel the rumbling under your feet of unstoppable progress? Can you pick up the wonderful aroma of revolution? The year 2015 was a...
February 2016 Bicentennial Op-Ed Americans recognize February as a month of remembrance and tribute. Black History Month encourages us to honor African American heroes and trailblazers. Presidents Day pays tribute to all who have borne the responsibility of our nation’s highest office. These observances occur this year as we also celebrate...