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As Congress and many state legislatures get under way, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and they’ll have plenty of questions about the challenges. But here’s one thing they might not even have imagined: The hardest …

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Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Ghana in 1957 to participate in the celebration of the country’s independence from British colonialism. Upon returning home, he delivered a sermon called “The Birth of a New Nation,” and introduced his idea for a post-Jim Crow society in this country. He expla…

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For many of us, the Martin Luther King holiday every year brings memories of Dr. King’s great speeches and the incredible power of his words. Dr. King was a master orator who gave many inspiring speeches throughout his career. Lots of Black kids – myself included—grew up mesmerized by the ma…

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Out with the old, in with the new. In few days 2022 will be gone and 2023 will have begun. I hope I’m around to see it. As my friend said, so many are leaving here it’s hard to remember who or when.

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It’s mid-December and there are no Christmas lights on the peninsula’s King Street. Am I the only one concerned? My brother from another mother said he noticed the street seemed “glum” because of the lack of Christmas lighting and decorations.

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As we roll into this Christmas season, it’s one of those times when it’s all about celebrating. Most folks don’t figure or don’t care why we’re celebrating, but I like to party with a purpose.

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I’ve covered Charleston County School District as a news reporter since my first days as a cub reporter back in 1977. I’ve seen a lot of changes that have transformed local schools in unpredictable ways. That may be what we’re in for with the most recent school board elections – unpredictability. 

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A lot of good news came out of this month’s elections—and enough bad news to remind us that we can never let our guard down when freedom and democracy are at stake. This year, democracy itself was on the ballot, and voters made an important down payment on its future.

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Going to college has always been the goal for many students when they graduate from high school. They take courses and pass tests in high school which prepare them for what is called the college experience. Doing homework and writing essays were building blocks for attending college.

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As the dust settles on the midterm elections and the warnings of a “Red Wave” evaporate, it’s time to take a deep breath and take stock of what we’ve learned. There are many takeaways from the elections this year – and here are a few that top the list for me.

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A lot of good news came out of this month’s elections—and enough bad news to remind us that we can never let our guard down when freedom and democracy are at stake. This year, democracy itself was on the ballot, and voters made an important down payment on its future.

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On November 16, the Respect for Marriage Act achieved 62 votes for "cloture" in the US Senate, meaning that it will proceed to floor debate and likely -- after reconciliation with the House version, which passed in July -- become law.

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For over 20 years, Rev. Dr. Eric L. Mack, Sr. has been a leader in the Charleston County School District community. Mack was elected to the Charleston County School Board in November 2014 having previously served 12 years as a member of the District 9 Constituent School Board. He chose not t…

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Where do we go from here? Now that Charleston Branch NAACP President Dorothy ‘Dot’ Scott has stepped down from the position she held for some 20 years, that’s the question I asked some NAACP officials. Their response: The Branch will move forward. 

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One of the great joys of my life is teaching. I’m fortunate to teach classes on social justice at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most respected schools in the country. Penn has a longstanding commitment to affirmative action, and I have seen first-hand how diversity in the classr…

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I watch a lot of television news programming. It’s an occupational asset. The other day I saw where one of the national network morning news shows will feature the stars of the new Black Panther movie each day. They will explore the impact of the movie.

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"It's passed," US president Joe Biden said of his student loan forgiveness plan at a recent forum. "I got it passed by a vote or two." But he didn't "get it passed," nor were there any votes. He issued an executive order.

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I recently read an opinion piece that said people shouldn’t vote when they don’t know what they’re voting on.

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2022 will be remembered as the year European museums began to return stolen and looted artifacts to the African cultures to whom they belonged.

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As the November general election approaches, I’ve been struck by the rise of an unusual type of news coverage. It’s focused not on the campaigns, but on the running of elections themselves.

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Right before our last national elections in 2020, thousands of Black voters in Detroit got a call from someone posing as a woman named “Tamika Taylor.” She warned them that if they voted, the government would collect their personal information and come after them for credit card debt, outsta…

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Those of us here in the South Carolina Lowcountry have gotten past Hurricane Ian. I’ve lived through Hurricane Gracie in 1959 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  The other puffs of wind and rain don’t phase me. However, I realize the most recent puff of wind and rain devastated some people. Folks i…

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As a literate individual in these United States of America who has been blessed to receive a quality education in Charleston County School District prior to 1971, I found a recent article hard to swallow. The article cited some glaring statistics about reading literacy in the United States –…

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Because of increased parent engagement, an education freedom movement is sweeping the nation that has the potential to have a significant positive impact on children and communities. The global pandemic forced parents to engage in local education policies more intentionally than we have seen…

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Though there’s always so much going on, I often have to find something to write about editorially. That’s no problem this time. I lost two good friends last week – Mrs. Naomi White and Theodore ‘Jeb’ Hartwell. Both were great people and influencers in my life who made tremendous contribution…

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Watching preliminary news reports of the August 29 Artemis 1 rocket launch, I again tossed about the idea of how White America is planning to move into the heavens. Mars inhabitation is a fast approaching reality for them, while Black folks can’t figure out where to find affordable housing h…

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Life and the world are always changing. What you can do today is not guaranteed for tomorrow. Do what you enjoy while you can.

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"Lock her up!" fared at or near the top of the Most Memorable Rally Chants charts in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Turning that election into a referendum on Hillary Clinton -- and particularly on the seeming impunity she enjoyed after getting caught illegally storing classified…

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In the land of the mainstream media, conservative and Republican positions on so-called “culture war” issues are always “extreme,” while they rarely raise such concerns about liberal and Democrat positions. They then “helpfully” suggest ways that Republicans could attract more voters by modi…

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Black America lives in a series of deserts. Many of us live in food deserts, financial deserts, employment deserts, and most of us live in information deserts.

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Over the past several weeks a lot of people close to me passed on to another life. I’d like to dedicate this writing to them, some of whom you may know.

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I handled healthcare policy for the late Congressman John Lewis, and today work for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. If you work in healthcare policy today, you know that health equity – or ensuring that disadvantaged populations get customized approaches to care and better medical outco…