50th Anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom: Honoring How Far We’ve Come and Acknowledging How Far We Have Yet to Go

English: Demonstrator at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the “March for Jobs and Freedom” on August 28, 1963, where nearly 300,000 people descended on Washington, D.C. in support of civil and economic rights for African Americans. This march is widely credited with influencing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965, and culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Greg Kaufmann’s article, The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, articulates that most Americans associate …read more

Detroit: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Earthworks urban farm (Photo credit: detroitunspun)

Detroit’s economic woes, including the city’s recent filing for bankruptcy, have been well covered by mainstream media outlets. What has been less talked about are the ways in which Detroit’s citizens have come together to make something good out of a bad situation. They are taking Detroit’s numerous vacant lots and turning them into thriving urban farms.

The sprawling metropolis of Detroit, covering over 139 square miles, contains around 150,000 vacant lots, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. But, instead of letting these areas lie empty and decaying, Detroit residents have come …read more

Trimming Childhood Obesity in the U.S.

Imagine this scenario:

You are a single parent with two young children to support. Your last five dollar bill is in your pocket and pay day is tomorrow. There are two locations where you can purchase food in your neighborhood – a liquor store that sells packaged goods, and a Burger King. Your kids are hungry.

What would you do?

Many people placed in this situation would (and do) opt for the less expensive food options in their neighborhood, when forced to weigh availability and cost against nutrition. These, and many other factors, have amplified America’s obesity epidemic among low-income …read more

A Safe Night Out in Baltimore

Charles Village, Baltimore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been a tough summer in Baltimore City, with homicides being reported almost daily. In total, there have been 69 homicides in the past three months, for a total of 141 thus far in 2013. The total number of homicides in 2012 was 217, which landed Baltimore on the number 5 spot on the list of the 10 deadliest cities in America.

The annual National Night Out took place on August 6th, including many of Baltimore’s communities such as Charles Village, Pen Lucy, Wilson Park, Greektown, Mondawmin, Old Goucher and Kenilworth Park. The …read more