Thanks, but where’s the check? Meet Negro League baseball legend, W. James Cobbin, for his reaction.

W. James Cobbin played for the New York Black Yankees from 1956 to 1958.

1969 — MLB’s First Attempt at Fairness

At this point, we have been down this road a few times. Fifty-two years ago, in 1969, an opportunity came up to retroactively award Negro League players Major League status. However, at that time, Major League Baseball (MLB) rejected the idea.

2004 — MLB’s Second Attempt to Right a Wrong

Seventeen years ago, in 2004, the MLB commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced the creation of a charitable program that would provide more than $1 million in contributions to Negro League players who played all or a portion of one season in the…

Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste, offers excellent commentary on the engine behind America’s cruel method of assigning and categorizing human value

It is widely known that race is a social construct that has no basis in science or theology. In fact, no education is needed to understand that it is cruel to deem any human as somehow less worthy. But, even without logic, validity, or any measure of truthfulness, race has proven to be a very powerful strategy to maintain the paradigm of inequality. It has done so since the first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in August of 1619.

Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste, offers excellent commentary on the engine behind America’s cruel method of assigning and categorizing human value. The…

I am a fan of the Christmas classics, especially from the Temptations, the Whispers, Nat King Cole, and others. I also enjoy old tunes reimagined as hip new grooves by singers such as Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Fantasia, and Christina Aguilera. However, this year, I noticed a lyric from a Christmas song by Busta Rhymes and Jim Carey, Grinch 2000, that made me reflect on America’s history of housing segregation.

At the end of the song, Carey gives a “shout out to the Westside of Whoville.” Even though this lyric made me laugh at first, I began thinking about America’s…

Becoming a Cheerleader for Change

I was a young college cheerleader when I discovered that race was actually a social construct and that it had no genetic, biological, or scientific foundation. This was a startling discovery. I wrestled with my very real, lived experience — particularly on what it meant to be one of only twelve black students at a predominantly white institution.

First day of college, I saw a KKK meeting in progress

WASHINGTON, DC — The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) issued an emergency call-to-action convening to implore Black leadership to mobilize their organizations and communities around two critical action items that must be executed with purpose and precision.

Over the next few months, the CBC is asking black people and those who support justice and equality for all to apply disproportionate energy toward two goals:

(1) to ensure Black people are accurately counted in the 2020 Census; and

(2) to expand the electorate through voter education, registration, and election participation.

More than 2,000 black leaders from civil rights, labor, social justice, faith-based…

From left back row, Annemarie Brown, Andrea Courtney and Marissa Evans and, from left front row, Sasha Brietzke, Vassiki Chauhan and Kristina Rapuano pose in New York Nov. 14, 2018. The women filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female graduate students to harassment, groping and sexual assault.

Earlier this month, Dartmouth College announced that it has settled a contentious federal lawsuit with nine women who sued the school over sexual misconduct allegations for more than $14 million. In their lawsuit, the women, who were Ph.D. candidates, as well as graduates and undergraduates, alleged that professors William Kelley, Paul Whalen, and Todd Heatherton harassed and touched women inappropriately, often while out partying at bars or at their homes where one hosted hot tub parties. …

Kenadie Cobbin Richardson

Community Organizer, Communications/Media Specialist, Radio Personality. #cheerleaderforchange

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