Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people.
This is a good time to remember that as President Obama seeks ways to strengthen the middle class and civil rights leaders focus on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington.
The idea of organizing a Poor People's Campaign was discussed during a Nov. 27-31, 1967 Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) planning session in Frogmore, S.C. With the nation's attention focused on the Vietnam War, Dr. King wanted to redirect the conversation to what the Bible calls the least among us by focusing on jobs and income.
Trayvon Martin's death prompted responses both in opposition and in support of the jury's not guilty verdict, but more importantly, it has prompted African Americans to update our rules on social interaction.
Well, growing up as an African-American male there were certain rules that my parents, and the parents of other black boys, instilled in us early and often. Rules that curb my behavior and inhibit my personality, but, nonetheless, rules that could potentially save my life. For black children, safety rules extend beyond the universal don't talk to strangers.
With the ink on the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict barely dry, another state appears ready to consider a Florida-style "Stand Your Ground" law. Add to that legislation to ease restrictions on concealed handguns in the most unacceptable places, and a bill that would allow gun silencers.
This time it is Ohio's turn. And things are looking outrageous right now in the Buckeye State.
Three bills introduced in the Ohio legislature are at issue. The first is House Bill 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" to Ohio. If passed, the measure would allow a person to use lethal force without a duty to retreat. The legislation, which the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus opposes, is nearly identical to the Florida law implicated in the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
CNN anchor Don Lemon on Saturday defended Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's highly contentious remarks about crime in the African-American community and the disintegration of family. Lemon says the conservative pundit did not go far enough, which drew fire from critics on the left, according to the Raw Story.
"In my estimation, he doesn't go far enough," Lemon said in a commentary, before going on to list five tips for Black Americans to improve their living situation, starting with an entreaty to young African-American men to stop letting their pants sag as a fashion choice.
Reduced to its very essence, the contention over immigration reform is about numbers, meaning how many immigrants of color will further alter the complexion of America and how they might vote. For that reason, African Americans should care about the outcome of the current debate in Washington, D.C., because it is about their political survival.
House Speaker John Boehner announced recently that the Republican-led House of Representatives would develop its own immigration reform bill. As it stands, Congress is at an impasse over the issue because House Republicans will likely not approve a bill that allows the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States – 75 percent of whom are Hispanic – a path to citizenship. The Senate bill, approved earlier this month, includes a path to citizenship, with eventual full voting rights.
CHEF TIMOTHY It seems that we often are willing to endure pain, hurt and suffering – unnecessarily – when it comes to our health.
We allow our bodies to function in a negative state, tolerating and accepting these ailments as normal. And while it may be difficult to accept, it is our emotional issues that have caused our physical bodies this distress.
The Bible tells us that Jesus died not only to bring us salvation and eternal life but also to bring divine healing for our bodies. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to be healed and He wants you to stay healthy.
Tavis Smiley: Bitter, party of one.
What else can you say about an accomplished but jaded black scholar who continues to behave like a Twitter troll when it comes to President Obama? Why does he unfairly criticize Obama? Could it be because of a bruised ego?
It may have started back in February 2008.
Smiley, an author, media personality and leading voice in the black community, invited then-Sen. Barack Obama to speak at his "State of the Black Union" forum in New Orleans. Obama declined, opting instead to campaign because he was locked in a tough primary with Sen. Hillary Clinton, who did attend the forum.