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Ernie Brown

Monthly saturday columns from Vindicator regional editor Ernie Brown:

Ringing in new year right way

December 5th, 2009 | Comments (2)

December contains Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and celebrations are set for all of those 

Stimulus bill offers energy tax breaks

November 7th, 2009 | Comments (3)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is primarily set up by our government to kick-start our 

Show your support for the NAACP

October 3rd, 2009 | Comments (31)

The fall season is usually the time when the area’s minority-rights advocacy groups have their major 

Resolving city schools dilemma

September 5th, 2009 | Comments (15)

The headline told the entire story: “Youngstown Schools Ranked Worst in State.” As I read the 

No end to race debate

August 1st, 2009 | Comments (75)

The debate over race in this country just won’t end. Even though the president is a black man — 

Brooks reunion planned

July 4th, 2009

The Kimmel Brooks Housing Project. That name was both a badge of honor for its inhabitants, and 

Anger of some misses point

June 6th, 2009 | Comments (2)

The idea of blacks supporting black-owned businesses is not new. In fact, Booker T. Washington, the famed black educator, author and lecturer, advocated blacks supporting their own, as did Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. 

From a grateful son to a special mother

May 2nd, 2009 | Comments (2)

This month is bittersweet for me. On the one hand, my daughter, Erin, turns 18, and I turn another 

Easter events are a labor of love

April 4th, 2009

In the next several days, churches will either host or sponsor a variety of Easter or Passion plays 

Men: End violence against women

March 7th, 2009 | Comments (1)

March is Women’s History Month, but I’d like to focus on how all men can help make life better for 

Coming to grips with race in America

February 7th, 2009 | Comments (12)

I have had a book in my library for years that I finally decided to make time to read. It is called 

Resolve to encourage in 2009

January 3rd, 2009

A new year is here, and like most other folks, I’ve decided to draw up a list of resolutions, which, 

Election shouldn’t change policy

December 6th, 2008 | Comments (1)

When Barack H. Obama is sworn in Jan. 20 as the nation’s first biracial president, will that historic event signal the end of affirmative action? 

Putting focus on adoption

November 1st, 2008 | Comments (2)

We have often heard the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. To build upon 

Keeping faith in recovery

October 4th, 2008

Patricia Hawkins-Smith recently celebrated the 10th year of her new life. The Struthers woman and 


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