We need to rebuild peace in the midst of that tragedy, so that the pain, anguish, and destruction which diminished us all can be turned into triumph.
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Today marks the celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a day that makes me think about the ideals for which he and many other fought. In fact, many who preceded Dr. King in the continuing struggle for human rights are Detroiters. It was Detroiters like Arthur Johnson and Charles … Continue Reading →
Coming off of a tumultuous and exciting, multicultural Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party leadership is now feeling positive about its program. That program, I must admit, was one of the most far-reaching in recent history in electoral politics. While some had questioned his sincerity, President Obama’s reference to Abraham Lincoln’s quote, where he said … Continue Reading →
When one looks at the Michigan Delegation to the Democratic National Convention, one gets a glimpse of the entire composition of the delegates, and a snapshot of America. Not to be pejorative, but for those of you who watched the Republican National Convention last week, it did not fully reflect the diversity of America. … Continue Reading →
Just about now, the Detroit Pistons need a good basketball coach. Not to say that the current coach isn’t doing the best he can, but he could probably take a few lessons from a “coach” not necessarily known for basketball maneuvers: former President Bill Clinton, whose basic background has been the left-and-right brain activity known … Continue Reading →
If you watched the Democratic National Convention last night, you probably heard Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and many other Motown artists. Perhaps many in Michigan failed to realize the national and international significance that has been created by these outstanding artists who created that magnificent sound. Many of the individuals involved in preparing the production … Continue Reading →
When I walked into the Michigan Delegation’s breakfast and reception room at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charlotte, one of the first people I saw was Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley. He was doing what a typical news person would do, kibbitzing with the assembled Democrats, asking a few questions, et.al. Nolan said … Continue Reading →
Let’s talk about 1967. I remember when one very well-known Detroit journalist said a few years ago, on the anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion, “Let’s not talk about that any more. We don’t need to revisit that old story.” We’ve revisited that story many times, but only in the way that those who have the … Continue Reading →
Millions have responded to the call to speak out, march, protest and demand justice for Trayvon Martin. A lesser-publicized case, but certainly not less brutal, is the murder of Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi American mother of five. By now, we know most of the facts about the death of Trayvon. Ms. Alawadi, within a … Continue Reading →