Race-Based Employment Discrimination: What African Americans Should Know

  Most Americans work every day. Jobs help us pay our bills, feed our families, and provide us with a sense of security. While nearly everyone must work, getting and keeping work is particularly important for African Americans. Because of the historical wealth gap, African Americans cannot rely on other sources of wealth to meet […]

End-of-Life Planning for African Americans: 5 Necessary Documents

  It’s often said that nothing in life is certain, except death. While nothing can prepare a family for the emotional experience of losing a loved one, families can prepare for the legal and medical situations that happen near life’s end. This process – known as end-of-life planning – can help prevent knotty legal problems […]

What to Expect When Meeting With a Lawyer for the First Time

  Meeting with a lawyer can be stressful for many reasons.  Usually, the events that created the need for a lawyer in the first place – a serious car accident, the breakdown of a marriage, the death of a loved one – are stressful. The thought of spending money on an attorney can cause even […]

Why African Americans Need to Report for Jury Duty

Some pieces of mail, like a refund check or birthday card, are welcome surprises. Others, like a jury summons, make you want to nail the mailbox shut. While reporting for jury duty can be inconvenient, resist the temptation to throw your jury notice in with the Bed Bath and Beyond coupons or Penny Saver. Jurors […]

Free Speech in Schools: A Guide for Black Students and Parents

  Earlier this month, an 11-year-old boy from Lakeland, Florida was arrested after refusing to say the Pledge of allegiance. The boy, a sixth-grader, told his teacher that he viewed the pledge as racist. According to school officials, the boy became unruly when asked to leave the classroom. Police charged the boy with “disruption of […]

Drunk Driving Law and the African American Community

Drunk driving is an American epidemic.  According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, each year, nearly 800 people are injured by drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Certain times are worse for drunk driving than others.   More drunk driving injuries occur at night than during the day.  And sadly, though the winter holiday […]

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