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Speak Out and Speak Up America! Separating Children from their Families is NOT American

I returned home Monday on a natural high, having enjoyed a delightful family reunion and a wonderful Father’s Day with family in East St. Louis. As soon as I entered my house, I turned on the television to catch up on the news. I watched and listened in horror. A child who had been separated […]

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Top 10 Takeaways from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute 36th National Conference 2018

Two weeks ago, I attended the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute 36th National Conference in Chicago, February 15-18, 2018.  As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the conference!  I have been participating in and providing workshops for the conference since 2004.  I always make an effort to do whatever I can to support the organization.  (See USHLI […]

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The Top 10 Takeaways from the Latin American Association State of Latinos in Georgia Conference

Last week I attended the Latin American Association (@TheLAA) State of Latinos in Georgia Conference in Atlanta (#2018StateofLatinos).  Having supported the Latin American Association for many years, I was eager to participate in this inaugural event.  The purpose of the conference was to analyze and address the critical issues facing Latinos in Georgia. A nonprofit […]

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America Celebrates the 1st Year Anniversary of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

This weekend on September 24, 2017, America is celebrating the first year anniversary of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A member of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAAHC is located on the National Mall and is the only national museum dedicated exclusively to documenting African American life, history and culture. Lonnie […]

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The Tragic Demise of DACA: DREAMers Deferred

“What happens to a dream deferred?” Langston Hughes This week the Trump Administration rescinded the DACA program, which provides temporary legal immigration status to individuals arriving in the US illegally as children. In a national press conference US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the termination of DACA, stating that no new applicants will be accepted […]

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My Farewell to The Obamas

Categories: Opinion pieces

It was two days following the election of the first African American President of the United States of America. I was in Austin for a meeting with The University of Texas Department of History Visiting Committee. I woke up to check my email and opened a photo attachment… In total shock and disbelief I could […]

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Election 2016: Top 10 Reasons You Should Vote

Categories: Opinion pieces

Today is election day 2016, and it is finally time to cast your vote. This historical moment is of immense importance; and considering all that is at stake, there is absolutely no reason why any American citizen, who truly loves this country, should refrain from voting. Your vote will determine not only the direction of […]

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Top 10 Takeaways from “Blacks and Latinos: Our Quest for Civil Rights”

Categories: Opinion pieces

Last month I participated in the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Convention in Washington, DC. As stated in my previous blog, the CBC ALC is always my favorite convention of the year! This year Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) requested me to moderate his session “Blacks and Latinos: Our Quest for Civil Rights.” Of course, it […]

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Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Convention, Session on African American and Latino Relations Today!

This week I am attending the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Convention in DC. The CBC ALC is always my favorite convention of the year! The “Who’s Who” of Black America gathers in DC for the week to discuss policy, challenges that face our community and country, and, most of all, solutions; and I enjoy […]

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Top 12 Takeaways from the DNC 2016

Categories: Opinion pieces

The Democratic National Committee hosted a spectacular convention this year. Held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Democratic National Convention occurred July 25-28, 2016. Similar to my experience with the Republican National Convention, although for different reasons, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the DNC proceedings. The entire program appealed to me, especially its captivating keynote speakers. There were […]

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