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Brian Gilmore

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

By failing to address issues such as housing, maternal mortality, and mass incarceration, Trump will continue to marginalize black constituents. Read more

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“Forever chemicals” are found in a wide variety of products including cosmetics, non-stick pans, firefighting foams, and food packaging. Oh, and the water in your tap. Read more

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Her father’s name is on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, a milestone in ending racial segregation in public education. Read more

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

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This is no way to serve the people. Read more

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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 Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

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It is time to declare war on poverty again. Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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. ... Read more

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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. Read more

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

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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... Read more

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