House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

WASHINGTON — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens of similar efforts were defeated. […]

Letter to the Editor: The unpleasant truth about Delaware courts

I write to express concern about the great imbalance, the lack of representation of minorities in Delaware’s courts. In our major courts – Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Court of Chancery, the fact is that 85% of judges are white, while 15% are people of color. I know from my experience and my many contacts […]

Commentary: Coming together to heal’s nation’s racial divide

America continues to have a racial divide, and perhaps nothing is as important as a continued dialogue on how to solve it. What should be on the future agenda of those interested in civil rights and social justice? What efforts deserve to be prioritized? Prison reform? Reparations? School improvement? Black entrepreneurship? What are the success […]

Speak Out: LGBT rights

A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. With the court’s four liberal justices likely to side with workers who were fired because of their sexual orientation or transgender status, the question in two highly anticipated cases that filled the courtroom was […]

Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

WASHINGTON — A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. With the court’s four liberal justices likely to side with workers who were fired because of their sexual orientation or transgender status, the question in two highly anticipated cases that filled the […]

The arch of justice is long in Methodist Church

According to the Visitor’s Center at the “St. Louis Arch” National Park, this city has always been “the gateway to the west.” The earliest major trails that settlers used to travel to points west went through St. Louis, Missouri. This “Show-Me State” metropolis is also known for some strategic and historic court cases during the […]

Letter to the Editor: ERA legislation ‘waste of time, effort’

I guess I’ve heard it since I was old enough to play sports. I saw it again at the professional level recently in Chicago. Why is it that the goat of the game is the guy who misses the opportunity on the last play of the game? Why is the American standard “Don’t make the […]

Commentary: King’s legacy should never be forgotten

“Never let a man drag you so low that you hate him,” said Dr. Martin Luther King. Today, the question is does racial discrimination still exist? The United States of America has honored only four men in history by declaring the day of their birth a national day of celebration — Jesus Christ of Nazareth, […]

Public events will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King

A number of events will be held to celebrate the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., The Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will hold the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the […]

Delaware Equal Rights Amendment OK’d by Senate in 17-4 vote

DOVER — One month after voting it down, the Delaware Senate passed legislation that seeks to prevent discrimination based on sex. After unanimously agreeing to amend the bill to make clear the limited intent, senators voted 17-4 to send it on to the House, which is expected to discuss it today. House Bill 399 would […]