Commentary

The phrase “Conservatives’ War Against Public Education” is a provocative characterization to describe what is perceived as a concerted effort by conservative politicians and interest groups to undermine, privatize, reshape, or otherwise weaken public education in the United States. I...
The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Week, presented annually by The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc., is a weeklong celebration of the amazing legacy of Jimmie Lunceford, considered by many to be the real “King of Swing,” the “King of...
Just over 20 years ago, way back in 2002, I was asked by the leadership of the 100 Black Men of Memphis to serve as principal of one of the first charter schools to open its doors here in...
by Florence M. Howard -- The history of the National Civil Rights Museum is rooted in the April 4, 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was gunned down as he stood on the balcony of the then-Lorraine...
We’re now almost five weeks into the school year, and I must admit, I’m already experiencing a nostalgic yearning to return to the role of school leader and the day-to-day grind of urban education. I miss it! But I’m in school...
Just a few months ago, I wrote a column about the AI (artificial intelligence) revolution taking place around the world.  I've had an opportunity to learn more since that time, and I'm even more excited about what is transpiring.  AI is...
The city of Memphis mayoral race is heating up. The candidate pool is crowded with 17 individuals trying to convince Memphis citizens that they have the leadership wherewithal to turn this city around. Strong leadership is a critical need in...
This school year will be a pivotable year for students, teachers, and administrators in school systems across the state and throughout our nation. For those of us who keep a close watch on local as well as national trends in...
by Shanelle Genai -- Picture it: Sicily 1922 Picture it: South Central Los Angeles, 2023. Rapper Ice Cube and conservative talking head Tucker Carlson taking a midday drive through the hood as they wax poetic about their ideologies and opinions—chief among them Cube’s anti-COVID-19 vaccine stance. If...
The opening of school is only a couple of weeks away, and while we have many issues to be concerned about, at the very top of the list is the shortage of qualified teachers to instruct our children.  There is...