Category Archives: Commentary

What would MLK do now?

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

He would be very active and pushing others to join him, on the same issues he was fighting at the time of his death–the three major evils as he called them: the evil of racism, the evil of poverty, and the evil of war.

In this time of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, I am being interviewed almost every day by the media with the key question being what would he be doing today. Following is what I tell them. Continue reading What would MLK do now?

HIV Criminalization is a barrier to ending the HIV Epidemic

by Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, United Church of Christ

Laws that criminalize HIV are a barrier to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. That may be surprising to some, because in the thirty plus states and two territories that have such laws, they were intended to be a deterrent to HIV transmission. The results show otherwise. These laws have had zero impact on transmission, and instead their impact has been to increase stigma and discourage people from getting tested to know their HIV status. This happens because people living with HIV are prosecuted and imprisoned for things that are perfectly legal or only minor crimes for those who have not tested positive for HIV, e.g., engaging in consensual sex or spitting at someone. Continue reading HIV Criminalization is a barrier to ending the HIV Epidemic

Dr. M.L. King’s Poor People’s Campaign

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

Many people are preparing to observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK.

As we do so, let us remember his actions and his words in 1968, “I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out…This is the way I’m going.” Continue reading Dr. M.L. King’s Poor People’s Campaign

Pathway to World peace . . .

As every morn is followed by evening, each evening is likewise followed by a new dawn-–a new beginning! The life of mankind also experiences new beginnings on a different scale while on this earthly plane–and beyond? Consider how the darkest part of night is just before dawn. Each March 21 marks the beginning of a new cycle, the vernal equinox, when the sun equally illuminates the earth. This sacred day in the relatively new Baha’i Dispensation is called Naw-Ruz, the beginning of the Baha’i New Year, a new spiritual Springtime when all things are made new! Continue reading Pathway to World peace . . .