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.
Indeed, the abducted girls have all but disappeared from the headlines and from the public consciousness.
As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education.
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.
All Black people are not poor, and we ought not to behave as if we are. We can afford to tithe to our churches, and we can afford to give to our institutions.
Breathing ought to be a simple thing. Air in, air out. It's not so simple when one's neck is being choked.
Eric Garner's last words — "I can't breathe" — ought to motivate all Americans, not just African-Americans but Americans of conscience, to breathe life and energy into a movement for justice.
There has been some controversy about "Common Core" requirements that would somewhat standardize high school education, indicating what students should know when they graduate from high school.
Loretta Lynch would be the first African-American woman to hold the position of attorney general. This history-making nomination should not be tarnished by partisan nonsense.
Pundits are likely to spend the next several weeks attempting to explain the many reasons that Republicans simply kicked the Democrats square in the hind parts to dominate both houses of Congress in ways that had not been expected.