Courtland Milloy

Washington, D.C.

Local columnist

Education: Attended Louisiana State University and Southern Illinois University

Courtland Milloy began writing for newspapers as a high school student in 1967. He learned the craft from his father, who taught journalism and graphic arts, and his mother, who taught typing and shorthand, both at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, La. Milloy came to The Washington Post from the Miami Herald in 1975. He has covered crime and politics in the District during the Marion Barry administration and the transition of Prince George's County, Md., from a mostly rural white D.C. suburb to the wealthiest predominantly black county in the country. He has also written for Th
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Eric Holder on how to beat back the voter-suppression backlash

Former attorney general Eric Holder has a prescription for saving democracy in America. Voting is just a start. A political overhaul is what he has in mind.

September 6, 2022

Navigating the wilderness, avoiding predators urban and rural

How surviving in the Wyoming wilderness might help a kid from Southeast DC survive on the mean streets of the city

August 30, 2022

Solving America’s race problem one byte at a time

How did a girl from D.C. and Prince George's Public Schools became an engineer from the University of Maryland, a public policy expert from Harvard and a big-data scientist from UCLA?

August 9, 2022

A Black woman hits glass ceiling then breaks ground as her own boss

Sheila D. Brooks was motivated by her mother, who walked away from a Mississippi cotton field at age 13 to start a new life.

August 2, 2022

How to stop gun violence? End poverty and racism.

To cut gun violence, end poverty and racism. It's easier than trying to ban 400 million guns.

July 26, 2022

There’s a prowler on my home security camera. Do I get a dog or a gun?

After finding unnerving images of a prowler casing my home and car, I wondered what is the best way to protect myself: gun, dog, cops, befriend the prowler?

July 19, 2022

Love doves: The enduring marriage of Willie and Angela Scott

The marriage between Willie, then 21, and Angela, only 17, was not supposed to last. On Sunday they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

July 12, 2022

A war without end: The DAR and the 40-year fight to honor Lena Ferguson

An update on an agreement between the Daughters of the American Revolution and Lena Ferguson, a retired D.C. schoolteacher denied membership due to her race.

July 5, 2022

Justice Clarence Thomas called himself a termite. It fits.

At a conference for conservatives, Justice Thomas is feted for his persistence and survival skills.

June 28, 2022

The shootings in D.C. are predictable, and that makes them preventable

Could the city have done more to prevent Chase Poole's death?

June 21, 2022