CHAVIS: Obama Calls for Criminal Justice Reform

Whenever the president of the United States speaks to a national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, millions of people pay attention.

MUHAMMAD: Many to Blame for Excessive Black Incarceration

With exactly one and a half years left in office, that guy Barack Hussein Obama is turning into quite the "black president."

EDITORIAL: Cuba Move a Step in the Right Direction

On a hot and muggy July 20 morning, a throng of diplomat, supporters, onlookers and passersby watched as three soldiers — resplendent in white tunics and blue striped pants — high-stepped out of the embassy to flagpole.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: I Stand Behind Our President

When I finished reading the front-page story by Stacy M. Brown, "Obama: Prison Reform Needed," in the July 16, 2015 edition, I felt like our first black president understands how it feels to be black in America.

KUNJUFU: What Black Parents Must Do This Summer

I believe a major reason for the gap between black and white students is we continue to close schools for the summer as if we are an agrarian economy.

JESSE JACKSON: Sorry Is Not Enough

Driven partly by the financial squeeze and partly by spreading protests, reform of mass incarceration suddenly has bipartisan appeal.

JEALOUS: Justice Tech — Making Jails and Prisons Work

President Obama's impassioned call for criminal justice reform at last week's NAACP national convention was the latest sign that bipartisan criminal justice reform is on the way.

ALFORD: Dream of Homeownership a Nightmare for Blacks

Without argument the subprime mortgage crisis was the most devastating economic attack against black America in history.

MUHAMMAD: Joy of Ramadan and the 'Old-Time Religion'

The Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer known as Ramadan concludes this week.

MALVEAUX: Tear Down the Walls of Economic Equality

Removing the flag from public places and putting it in museums is a victory for those who reject this symbol of racial subjugation. Still, every economic statistic screams racial subjugation.

CURRY: The Confederacy's 'Heritage' of Slavery

The disclosure that Dylann Roof, the admitted killer of nine unarmed African-Americans attending Bible study at Emanuel A.M.E. Church June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina, was photographed dozens of times holstering the Confederate rebel flag ignited a long overdue discussion ...

MORIAL: How Will 2016's Presidential Candidates Save Our Cities?

The ravages of inequality on American families, particularly among those in African-American and Latino communities, continues to rip our nation apart. We must question and listen to any candidate's proposals to reverse this ever-widening trend of inequality.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Shocked and Saddened

I was saddened to learn that Denise W. Barnes, whose work I also admired for years ever since she wrote for The Washington Times, has passed.

EDITORIAL: The Fight to Remove Confederate Symbols

The despicable act against unarmed, innocent civilians attending Bible study has also stirred a rancorous and heated debate in Southern states about the efficacy of continuing to display this symbol so despised and hated by African-Americans.

EDITORIAL: D.C. Trying to Get Handle on Synthetic Drugs

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed emergency legislation on Friday, July 10, that increases the sanctions against retailers who sell synthetic marijuana and spinoffs.