Military has been Desegregation Model

[More than] Fifty years ago, on July 26, 1948 President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981. The order brought an end to racial segregation within the ranks of the United States military forces. The written document contained six paragraphs with less than 250 words.

Executive Order 9981 addressed four areas: First, it declared the . . . → Read More: Military has been Desegregation Model

Female Buffalo Soldier Lived Life of Excitement, Inspiration

I recently ran across the interesting story of Cathay Williams, a female buffalo soldier. I became interested in this legendary woman after a neighbor brought an article about her to my attention. Cathay Williams was born into slavery around Independence, Missouri, in 1842. Her mother was a slave named Martha Williams and her father is unknown, some researchers believe he was a manumitted Negro. . . . → Read More: Female Buffalo Soldier Lived Life of Excitement, Inspiration

Knollwood Residents Deserve Answers on Cancer Incidence

The residents of Knollwood deserve an explanation for the high incidence of cancer-related sickness and death in their community. Their state representative, Thad McClammy, a member of the Alabama Legislature’s Health Committee, said he brought this matter to the attention of State Health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, three years ago.

At the time, McClammy’s . . . → Read More: Knollwood Residents Deserve Answers on Cancer Incidence

Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

The infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study took place between 1932 and 1972 in Macon County Alabama. In that study, a group of poor Macon County black men with syphilis were left untreated by government health care officials so researchers could monitor the effects of untreated syphilis in a human population. The study continued long after . . . → Read More: Department Tactics Remind of Tuskegee

Mrs. Parks Due Honor of New TSUM Facility

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Troy State University Montgomery, Rosa Parks Library and Museum, April 22, 1998

As a writer residing and working in the birthplace of the movement that eliminated racial segregation, I have met a number of the leaders. Recently, at the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Rosa Parks Library and Museum, . . . → Read More: Mrs. Parks Due Honor of New TSUM Facility

‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

U.S. District Judge Harold Albriton’s decision in Bethany Godby vs. Montgomery County Board of Education strikes another blow against government’s use of race categories. This case began in 1996, when Bethany Godby, a 13-year old Cloverdale Junior High School student, claimed her school racially discriminated against her and violated other of her Federal rights . . . → Read More: ‘One-Drop Rule’ Still Haunts Us

Crudeness, Harassment Not Same: Paula Jones Case Dismissed

Heretofore, this column remained silent with respect to President Clinton’s widely publicized sexual diversions. On a public level, I didn’t think it was any of my business whether he did or did not do any of any of the things his accusers claimed. I wanted to wait for the legal proceedings to conclude before commenting. In a surprising turn of events, those proceedings concluded on the 1st day of April with reports that President Clinton thought the judge’s opinion was an April fool’s joke. It was no joke. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit against Mr. Clinton. . . . → Read More: Crudeness, Harassment Not Same: Paula Jones Case Dismissed

Jordan Learned Early to Appreciate Wealth

Vernon Evlion Jordan Jr. is his name. He is one of the most powerful men in the country. At age 62, Jordan sits on the board of 11 major corporations. He spends his leisure time with his buddy, the President of the most powerful nation in the world. Vernon Jordan has never held public . . . → Read More: Jordan Learned Early to Appreciate Wealth

A Case For Criminalization

My comments on criminalizing racial discrimination have generated a great deal of debate. For those yet to agree with my position, consider the following case: . . . → Read More: A Case For Criminalization

Maxwell Book Wins Plaudits

Six years ago, historians, Wesley Phillips Newton and Jerome A. Ennels, proposed a series of articles on the history of Maxwell Air Force Base to the Advertiser. The series that began in 1992, ended on October 8 1997 at a book signing and reception for the authors of “The Wisdom of Eagles: A History . . . → Read More: Maxwell Book Wins Plaudits