Category Archives: Commentary

Celebrating and Empowering Women

by Rebekah Choate
Associate for Global Advocacy and Education

March 8 is recognized around the world as International Women’s Day. It is a day for us to acknowledge and lift up the work of women and the role they play in our lives and our communities. Many times, this work is silent and unseen. It is the school lunches packed, the nursing of those unable to care for themselves, the supportive embrace, the cleaning of offices, and the silent (or not-so-silent) cheering as you achieve your goals. Supporting and empowering women and girls is the most important factor in building healthy local communities and a stable global community. Continue reading Celebrating and Empowering Women

The Kerner Commission Prescription

by Wornie Reed, Ph.D.
Director, Race and Social Policy, Professor, Sociology & Africana Studies, Virginia Tech

Fifty years ago, the Kerner Commission, President Lyndon Johnson’s blue-ribbon committee, diagnosed the racial problem of America and offered a carefully considered prescription. But the patient (the United States) did not take the comply.

After precisely answering President Johnson’s first two questions about the riots of the mid-1960’s—What happened? Why did it happen?—the Commission considered the third question, “What can be done to keep it from happening again?” The Kerner Commission said the country had three options: Continue reading The Kerner Commission Prescription

50 Years Ago – The Kerner Commission Report

by Wornie Reed, Ph.D.
Director, Race and Social Policy, Professor, Sociology & Africana Studies, Virginia Tech

Fifty years ago this month the Kerner Commission Report was released, shocking America by its frank discussion of white racism.

Before the smoke settled from the Detroit Rebellion of 1967, President Lyndon Johnson established The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, known as the Kerner Commission after its chair, Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. of Illinois, to examine the outbreaks that had occurred with increasing frequency and to report on (1) what happened and (2) why it happened. Continue reading 50 Years Ago – The Kerner Commission Report

Gun Control

by Mary Ellen Campagna

I continue to be shocked at the massacres in our country in schools and other public places. I was reared in Northern Virginia, but have lived all over the country and I now reside in Southwestern VA. I was a schoolteacher for 20 years and I feel that it is important to rally behind the high school students who witnessed the recent shootings in Florida. Continue reading Gun Control