Yes, Black History Month is still needed

I’m not a sports fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m very interested in the recent lawsuit filed against the NFL. According to, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is suing the NFL, the Dolphins, New York Giants and Denver Broncos, alleging racial discrimination. The lawsuit claims that Flores went through […]

Real heroes of the South

Photo courtesy of Mr. Eddie 'Big Cat' Odom, Mrs. Odom's son.

There is no statue honoring Yvonne Bernadette Lee Odom in my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. I would like to feign surprise, but I am not that good a thespian. The same reason she does not have a statue celebrating her life-risking sacrifice to improve society is the same reason there is little to no […]

Did Brown v. Board of Education really create better outcomes for our kids?

As this year marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, I believe it’s appropriate to ask this question today: “Did this experiment in educational social justice really work?” I’m a firm believer that student achievement happens with support from both “inside” and “outside” the school. Prior to 1954, the ability to have […]

Black, bold and ready to do business

In the James Baldwin movie I Am Not Your Negro, a line stands out to me as truth: “Integration came because consumer firms realized that Blacks had dollars.” There it was. Our tolerable integration was not based on the fairness of the system or our humanness but rather predicated on our economic strength. The majority advertising firms […]