Arizona is a case study in bigotry. While many African Americans may be turning a deaf ear to the recent furor over the anti-gay bill that was recently vetoed by Governor Brewer, it was not too long ago that the State was being boycotted because it did not want to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In 1983, President Reagan after much pressure, created a National Holiday celebrating Martin Luther King. The Arizona
The Lyric Theater was opened in 1913 by a Black man from Georgia, Geder Walker. In 1915, the Miami News described the Lyric Theater “as the most beautiful and costly playhouse owned by Colored people in all the Southland.” The theater anchored the district known as “Little Broadway” an area in Overtown alive with
As a trial attorney with 25 years experience in the civil arena, I can say one thing about juries - one never knows what the outcome will be. I have lost trials that I should have won and won trials that I should have lost. I have seen huge verdicts for minimal injuries and small verdicts for catastrophic injuries. In the civil arena, the jury is making a decision about money. In a criminal trial, the stakes
President Obama increased SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps) during his first term. The increase was part of the economic stimulus package and ends November 1. Congress wants to cut food stamps by an additional $39 million and the Senate is willing to just decrease it by $5 billion. With the drop in benefits, the average payment for meal for a person with food stamps is $1.40 per meal. 47 million lower income Americans will be impacted, mostly the poor, children, elderly or disabled. 1 in 6 Americans are hungry.
Mayor Otis Wallace, the sagacious public servant of Florida City, commented once that Black municipalities seem to have stories written about them that always portray them in a negative light, and that their positive achievements are never publicized. I reflected upon the words of Mayor Wallace, when I attended
I watched the inauguration of Bill De Blasio as New York’s 109th mayor with my parents. To my parents, the inauguration of a white man married to a Black women with Black children is almost as amazing as having a Black president. Even after 5 years of the Obama Presidency, my father still states with
I am somewhat depressed due to the exit of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because the Black community was losing an exciting, hardworking public servant who had a heart for service. Michelle Spence-Jones will be missed in Miami-Dade County.
In the old days, a trio of women were the Black leadership: Barbara Carey-Shuler, Congresswomen Meek and Athalie Range. They were courageous, outspoken and clearly in charge, and they reigned for decades. All of them have now retired. To their credit, the trio developed young Black leadership. From this group came Congressman Kendrick Meek,
Tea Party adherents have extreme views that help them win Republican primaries when the most conservative and ideological Republicans vote. However, in general elections when liberals,
Sixty-seven percent of Americans polled do not believe that a jury verdict of not guilty is justice for Trayvon Martin. This means that across race, gender, age and geographic location, most Americans do not believe that Martin received justice. However, the concept of justice in America in our court system is not always understood.