Daily Archive: September 15, 2013



One small shoe: A legacy of the Birmingham church bombing

by Roy Peter Clark (CNN) — On Sunday morning Sept. 15, 1963, a dynamite bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four Black children, and injuring many others. The names of the dead girls were Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair.



Cheating our students

HARRY C. ALFORD (NNPA)—There are very few things that are as vile and predatory than cheating young Black students out of a decent education. There are two things that quickly come to my mind when I ponder this subject. There is also a third event that has developed in the last few years. Let’s begin at the beginning.


Cover To Cover…‘Mister and Lady Day’

Nobody listens to a thing you say. Grown-ups are always telling you to hush, be quiet, don’t yell, and always use your inside voice (even outside). You know you’re never supposed to keep secrets, but don’t be a tattle-tale. Talk louder but stop shouting. Don’t make so much noise.



Working outside your lane

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—“The economic distress of America’s inner cities may be the most pressing issue facing the nation. The lack of businesses and jobs in disadvantaged urban areas fuels not only a crushing cycle of poverty but also crippling social problems such as drug abuse and crime… A sustainable economic base can be created in the inner city, but only as it has been created elsewhere: through private, for-profit initiatives and investment based on economic self-interest and genuine competitive advantage.”—Michael E. Porter, The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City, Harvard Business Review, May-June 1995.