CURRY: How Dick Gregory Got His Hollywood Star

Activist and SiriusXM satellite radio host Joe Madison was helping on a campaign to get the Four Tops a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he noticed another serious omission from the world-famous tribute to entertainers.

MALVEAUX: The Real Barack Obama Re-Emerges

President Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely block much of what he proposed.

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: MLK Left Blueprint for Eradicating Poverty

How can it be that the top 1 percent of Americans enjoy more of the nation's wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined and that millions of children are hungry and homeless and poorly educated?

MUHAMMAD: Congressional Black Republican Caucus is Born

While the idea of Black Republicans elected officials forming a caucus might seem somewhat oxymoronic, it's not such a far-fetched idea anymore.

SPRIGGS: Poor — The Four-Letter Word Politicians Avoid

We need a national accounting that measures what the nation needs. And with so many poor children, the deficits we face if we let people be "priced out" will not be close.

MUHAMMAD: 'Selma,' Lyndon Johnson and Voting Rights

It's funny how a publicly inflicted injustice can turn someone or something ordinary into a hero.

CURRY: Is Obama Trying to Kill Black Colleges? (Pt. II)

Few things irk me more than hearing someone say or imply that now that we have a Black president, perhaps the time has come to abolish HBCUs. I have zero tolerance for such ignorance.

CLINGMAN: A Million Reasons to Change

Exactly what is there in 1 million Black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in a million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders, and the same old ways ...

CHAVOUS: Kennedy, King Vision Found in Indiana School

Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society is more evident at a tiny elementary school in Indianapolis than in most places in America.

MUHAMMAD: Native Americans Protest Washington NFL Team's Racist Nickname

Since 1992, Native Americans have waged an unrelenting protest campaign against the name "Redskins," which they insist is a dictionary-defined racial slur. And the team’s achievements on the field recently have gone from bad to worse because, some folks say, ...

CLINGMAN: No Justice, No Profit

It's about using our money to help building our own economic infrastructure.

CURRY: Edward Brooke Doesn't Get His Due

Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Sen. Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved.

DANIELS: The Content of Steve Scalise's Character

Just as the Republican Party is poised to take control of Congress, a key official's actions and words remind us — just in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — that it remains implacably hostile to what ...

MUHAMMAD: President Obama's 'Great' Bad Year

What a great bad year President Barack Obama had in 2014.

MALVEAUX: Innocent Blacks and White Cops — All Lives are Valuable

What links the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu? Some would say that one set of deaths was revenge for the other. Actually, all of the deaths represent a tragic loss of life.