Salim Muwakkil

Thirty years ago this week, Harold Washington was sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor, so it's a good time to assess more fully the import of his path-breaking tenure.His powerful presence on the national stage attracted Barack Obama to Chica... more

May 3, 2013 12:49 PM Dispatches

By Salim Muwakkil Forty-five years after his murder in February 1965, Malcolm X’s legacy remains surprisingly vibrant. But that legacy also complicates the relationship blacks have with America’s first black president. There’s no doubt the ... more

Feb 24, 2010 1:37 PM Dispatches

As Black History Month comes to a close, let's take a moment to honor Frederick Douglass, the father of the civil rights movement and the most influential black American of the 19th century. more

Feb 27, 2007 6:13 PM Dispatches

Ed Bradley paved the way for black journalists. The "60 Minutes" correspondent who died on Nov. 9 owed his first job to racial turmoil. A native of Philadelphia, he covered the 1965 urban riot as a freelancer, which brought him an offer as ... more

Nov 16, 2006 4:17 PM Dispatches

African-Americans are in the midst of a social crisis that threatens the very viability of the black community. And it has ominous implications for the nation at large. more

Mar 28, 2006 12:15 PM Op-Eds

With his gifts of eloquence and charisma, Obama is a genuine rising star. more

Jul 28, 2004 12:00 AM Op-Eds

Many words have been spilled over the Jayson Blair affair, including 14,000 of them by the New York Times. more

May 21, 2003 12:00 AM Op-Eds