Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Posted December 04, 2015

Donald Trumps highly publicized meeting with a group of black pastors was met immediately with reactions ranging from skepticism to condemnation.

Posted October 13, 2015

As technology changes, so does the job market. Two centuries ago, most low skilled workers would have found work as farmhands, while a century ago they would have been employed in a factory.

Posted October 02, 2015

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, causing over $100 billion in property damage. The category 5 storm also took over 1400 lives, making it one of the five deadliest in American history

Posted September 22, 2015

This summer, President Obama made history by becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.

Posted September 15, 2015

Long before contemporary reality television appeared, the 1978 Scared Straight documentary had people across the country glued to their television sets as it broke new ground for on-air grit and profanity.

Posted August 18, 2015

As the primary season for the 2016 presidential election heats up, we hear all sorts of rhetoric surrounding the meaning of good leadership.

Posted August 01, 2015

No one living has missed the slogan Black Lives Matter! But what about the economics of the black and brown communities?

Posted July 29, 2015

Shante had a lot of things going for her as she finished middle school. She was bright, attractive and talented. Her parents, Glenn and Sheri, had worked hard to ensure she could have a better life than they had had growing up. But both were uneasy with the public high school that Shante was zoned for in Prince Georges County. Although its the highest income majority-black county in the United States, it had a high school dropout rate more than 10 points higher than neighboring Montgomery County.

Posted July 16, 2015

If we expect kids to be losers they will be losers; if we expect them to be winners they will be winners. They rise, or fall, to the level of the expectations of those around them, especially their parents and their teachers.

Posted July 11, 2015

The South Carolina decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the State House was an important and timely decision. It was right to do in memory of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and his denominations struggle against racism. It was right to do because of the insensitivity it would have shown to the families of the other eight victims murdered in the massacre. But it goes beyond respect for the lives of the victims.

Posted June 19, 2015

In my first article, I declared that 2015 summer riots are inevitable unless prayer moves the hand of God. We also concluded that criminal justice reform is one of the bridges to peace that we must focus on in 2015. We will only have long term peace in urban America when a renewed sense of justice is restored to our communities. With all of that in mind, think about this.

Posted June 12, 2015

This Memorial Day weekend marked a historic uptick in violence in many US cities. Three cities seem to symbolize our national woes the most - Baltimore, Chicago, and Ferguson. In Baltimore 9 people were killed and 29 shot. Chicago marked 12 killed and 44 wounded.

Posted March 05, 2015

Americas racial composition is changing rapidly.

Posted February 26, 2015

While it is unclear how the conflicting laws will be applied and enforced, marijuana enthusiasts are already making their plans.

Posted February 19, 2015

In the midst of the typical theatrics surrounding the 2015 Grammys, few may remember that Christian rapper Lecrae Moore was nominated in the category of Best Rap Performance (for All I Need is You) alongside mainstream industry heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

Posted February 17, 2015

The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last December has infected more than 100 people in 14 states, most recently victimizing five infants at a Chicago area daycare.

Posted February 05, 2015

Two weeks ago I drafted an open letter to President Obama based on a meeting that T.D. Jakes, James Robison, and I convened in Dallas, Texas to help advance racial healing in our nation.

Posted February 01, 2015

In the summer of 2009, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest what was almost certainly a rigged presidential election.

Posted January 22, 2015

The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever.

Posted November 13, 2014

I remember seeing pictures of Fidel Castro for nearly 50 years. His image has changed from a black haired, Liam Neeson like figure dressed in combat fatigues to a wizened old man. Todays 88 year-old Castro does not look as dangerous or iron -willed as he did in the past, but very little about the essence of the man has changed.