In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Letters to the Editor: Female ordination against Scripture

Regarding “Women of the Cloth,” (July 13 CNJ): Mary Magdalene was at Christ’s crucifixion, his open tomb and first to witness the risen Jesus. And Jesus sent her to his disciples. She’s fascinating as are many women of the Bible. Alvin Schmidt’s “How Christianity Changed the World,” explains how Judeo-Christianity revolutionized equality of both genders […]

Conflict issue of discretion, not truth

By Walter Williams Larry Summers, Harvard’s president, remains under siege for remarks made in his Jan. 14 address to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Summers suggested there might be three major reasons why women are underrepresented in the higher reaches of science and ranked them in order of importance. First is what Summers […]

Race’s salvation is in becoming whole

Leonard Pitts Jr. Somehow, for black people, it always comes down to fractions. At the beginning, there was that unpleasantness about the Constitution counting us as three-fifths of a human being. More recently, fractions have been necessary to measure our progress toward equality. So in a sense, the National Urban League’s just-released “State of Black […]