Kena Betancur—Getty ImagesNewark Mayor and newly-elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker speaks after presiding over marriages of gay, lesbian and straight couples at City Hall in the early morning hours of Oct. 21, 2013 in Newark, N.J.
Where is today's MLK? Black Americans don't need a single leader—we need many
It’s either a sad irony or a fitting tribute that the end of Black History Month dribbles right into March Madness. No sooner do we finish celebrating significant...Read more
The parents of black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot dead in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, a family attorney said on Thursday.
"He did not have to kill Michael Brown," attorney Daryl Parks said of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Justice Department said it would not prosecute Wilson but said that it had found racial...Read more
Philadelphia is the poorest large city in the United States.
And it's the city with the worst deep poverty rate in the country, with roughly 185,000 people (including 60,000 kids) living on incomes below half of the federal poverty line. With that, homelessness is on the rise, and the city doesn't have enough resources to be there for everyone.
Well, I don't mean to bum you out. Actually, I want to shine a big, bright light...Read more
The recent Department Of Justice report accusing Ferguson police officers of racially biased patrolling "did not surprise" St. Louis Alderman Antonio French.
"[It] really just confirms what many of us already knew and what has been experience by many African Americans here in the St.Louis region for quite some time," he told HuffPost Live in on Wednesday. "Some of the specific details were shocking, [but] there's a culture that's been allowed to fester in Ferguson and...Read more
Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the tensions between law enforcement and residents that erupted after the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, were unsurprising given the "toxic" environment created by the biases of the Ferguson Police Department.
The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it would not bring federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed Brown in August. The DOJ also released a...Read more
U.S. Justice Department investigations of police departments in the past have led to reforms or lengthy litigation. But the DOJ probe of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, to be announced on Wednesday, may lead to a possible outcome that would set the St. Louis suburb apart: eliminating the police department.
The investigation, begun after a Ferguson officer shot to death unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, alleges that town authorities routinely violated the constitutional rights of...Read more
Trayvon Martin will be remembered as someone who died too soon, one of the first martyrs of our generation. When 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down three years ago this week in Sanford, Florida, his tragic death breathed life into a dormant civil rights movement.
While many associate the Blacks Lives Matter movement most closely with the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in many ways it was Martin’s death that first inspired a...Read more