Brian Gilmore


Brian Gilmore is a Washington DC based poet, writer, and public interest law professor.

Meet DeRay McKesson: a key player in the Black Lives Matter movement who's running for mayor of Baltimore. more

Mar 24, 2016 8:16 PM Dispatches

This is no way to serve the people. more

Jan 13, 2016 12:05 AM Op-Eds

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 21, 1965, Malcolm X was brutally murdered in New York City. With his assassination, the United States missed a chance to fully address some of the racial issues that persist to this day. Image credit: Public Domain more

Feb 21, 2015 6:20 PM Op-Eds

Maya Angelou represented the quintessential African-American voice in American art, though she spoke for all: women, men, children, the world. more

May 28, 2014 10:03 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

By Brian Gilmore It was 75 years ago that Marian Anderson gave her famous outdoor performance at the Lincoln Memorial. The concert, known today as the “Freedom Concert,” occurred on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939. It was a moment of great sym... more

Apr 9, 2014 6:30 PM Dispatches

Here's hoping the Sochi Olympic Games mark the continuation of a positive trend for African-American athletes. more

Feb 19, 2014 5:27 PM Dispatches

It is time to declare war on poverty again. more

Jan 8, 2014 7:57 PM Dispatches

By Brian Gilmore This week we celebrate the life and courage of Nelson Mandela. But let's also pause to remember and salute all of the many men and women, right here in the United States, who fought against apartheid in South Africa. Let... more

Dec 12, 2013 3:20 PM Op-Eds

The reasons for the Affordable Care Act were unassailable. By last count, 48 million people or more were without basic health insurance coverage. Many could not get insurance because they had pre-existing conditions. For them, this was a ma... more

Nov 26, 2013 4:45 PM Dispatches

When Steve McQueen's captivating new film, "12 Years A Slave" opens, the protagonist, Solomon Northup, a kidnapped free black man from New York, is cutting sugar cane in the heat and mosquito infested bayou of Louisiana. more

Oct 28, 2013 7:23 PM Dispatches

The current federal government shutdown is nothing but a reckless, self-serving act by right-wing Republicans. more

Oct 15, 2013 9:47 PM Op-Eds

We were never post-racial.This is the message of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The delusion is over.Many Americans never believed that anyway. Some did, and now they are shocked at the fierce and sustained reaction to the not guilty verdict for a k... more

Jul 16, 2013 5:32 PM Dispatches

Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court established the absolute right to counsel in criminal cases. It's a right we must continue to defend. The case was Gideon v. Wainwright, and it began in Panama City, Fla., on Aug. 4, 1961. Cla... more

Mar 19, 2013 12:37 PM Dispatches

Today marks the 100th birthday of civil rights legend Rosa Parks. To mark the date, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp complete with a ceremony in Detroit where Parks lived at the end of her life. It is a worthy honor for Mrs. ... more

Feb 4, 2013 9:21 PM Op-Eds

On April 6, 1712, African slaves in New York City rose up with anger and fury. These African men and women — enslaved and oppressed into an inhuman system — had reached the breaking point. more

Apr 6, 2012 3:09 PM Dispatches

The housing crisis has been raging since 2007, but the efforts to address the problem have simply dragged the crisis out longer and longer. more

Nov 9, 2011 1:52 PM Op-Eds

By Brian Gilmore Candidates this season must stop ignoring a huge moral issue: poverty. All we seem to hear about these days is the middle class and the upper class. Democrats claim to be champions of the middle class, while Republicans are... more

Sep 22, 2010 12:53 PM Dispatches

It should do away with mandatory minimums and allow judges to treat every person as an individual. It should invest in the lives of young people so they don’t get involved in drugs. And it should focus on substance abuse treatment for those... more

Aug 10, 2010 1:30 PM Dispatches

Even the late William Rehnquist, a solidly conservative Supreme Court chief justice, acknowledged Marshall’s impact on the nation’s laws when he noted years ago that Marshall rewrote the “American constitutional landscape.” more

Jun 29, 2010 1:45 PM Dispatches

Black History Month is a celebration that must continue because there is still so much for all Americans to know and learn. It tells us who we are as a nation, and what we were not so long ago and where we’re hopefully heading. more

Feb 12, 2008 11:12 AM Op-Eds