Is President Obama truly ready to release thousands of prisoners?
My American Forum Interview With Attorney General Eric H. Holder by Douglas A. Blackmon Attorney General Eric H. Holder made some remarkable comments to me recently about the inequities of the American system of justice, and strongly suggested that the Obama administration is finally ready to directly address that more than 2.2 million people are incarcerated in […]
The father of one of four little girls killed by KKK bombing in 1963 is finally freed from prison
Published in The Washington Post, Aug. 29, 2013 by Douglas A. Blackmon One of the first inmates to benefit from the Obama administration’s new, less stringent guidelines on the early release of federal prisoners is the 87-year-old father of one of four African American girls killed in the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. […]
Who powered the passage of the charter school amendment in Georgia? African-Americans who have been chronically denied good public schools….
By Douglas A. Blackmon One of the most striking results of the vote on Amendment 1, which was approved by Georgia voters on Tuesday and creates an independent commission to authorize public charter schools in the state, is the absolutely extraordinary level of support received from African-American voters. In the 20 Georgia counties where African-Americans […]
Who will win the 2012 election? The evidence says Obama
President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney—along with their myriad surrogates, advisors and official and unofficial campaign wingmen—worked deep in the final night of the contentious 2012 campaign spinning predictions for the outcome of today’s election, preparing for the blame game that will follow bitter disappointment certain for millions who vote for the losing […]
Why we will vote FOR the Georgia Charter School Amendment on Nov. 6
As two of the founders of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, the second charter school to open in Atlanta, 10 years ago this fall, we have spent a lot of time considering the arguments in favor of and against Amendment 1—the proposed change to the Georgia constitution that if passed on Tuesday would allow for the […]