Not Your Grandma’s Civil Rights Strategy

On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John F. Kennedy, prodded by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, welcomed John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin and other march organizers to the White House for a discussion of proposed… Read More »

‘Sundown towns’: Midwest confronts its complicated racial legacy

On Election Day, when Chris Cooper walked into his usual precinct to vote, a greeter asked him, “Do you live in this town?” The question was perhaps innocent. After all, there aren’t many people around town who look like Mr. Cooper, who is African-American. According to the 2010 United States Census, 97 percent of Utica,… Read More »

Opioid crisis points to racial divide

The circle of patients gathered for group therapy at a doctor’s family practice in McKenzie, Tennessee, could well represent the face of the state’s opioid epidemic. They were in a small city in a rural county, fertile ground for prescription drug addiction, though they traveled from as far as Nashville and Missouri. They were young… Read More »

Trump’s Vicious Attack on Black Communities

During the campaign and the first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, it didn’t seem as though African Americans were explicitly targeted with negative policy directives (other than the cuts facing most middle- and working-class Americans, of course). Clearly, immigrants and people of Islamic faith were in the crosshairs. Trump’s campaign rhetoric was filled with… Read More »

Have Dinner With Families of Other Races, Senators Scott, Lankford Say

When did you last have dinner in your home with a person of another race? That’s a question Republican Senators Tim Scott and James Lankford have been asking, urging Americans to devote at least one Sunday lunch or dinner to be part of the solution to racism in America. Called “Solution Sundays,” the initiative started… Read More »

Voter Suppression Still Hiding Out in Rural Areas

While the new administration continues to focus on unsubstantiated claims of vote fraud, across the country, communities continue to wrestle with the real and significant impact of voter suppression and voting discrimination. Some of the most egregious forms of voter suppression often play out in rural and isolated communities that are not under the national… Read More »