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
Latest from Courtland Milloy

Washington Football Team’s new name, new look — and new game — means there’s a lot to cheer

The organization did away with offensive Native American imagery. Watching the team play now is a lot more fun.

December 7, 2021

Millions are suffering from diet-related diseases. What number will make us pay attention?

Diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more could be helped if we changed what we eat.

November 30, 2021

It’s time for a history lesson — one that doesn’t leave out America’s native people

A college professor’s lecture makes it clear that Native Americans are critical to the U.S. story, despite attempts to overlook them.

November 23, 2021

They purchased guns for protection. Then the guns were stolen.

A D.C. couple found that guns didn’t bring them the safety they had expected.

November 16, 2021

Black women are proving their strength by giving themselves permission to say no

A new book argues that the myth of the “Strong Black Woman” has endangered the well-being of Black women.

November 2, 2021

Virginia’s multicultural country music history is a lesson more of us need to learn

A visit through the Shenandoah Valley shows how interconnected our lives have been. Everyone should know that.

October 26, 2021

Get vaccinated and start eating better. It could save your life.

A recent study shows there’s a connection between healthy eating and a reduced risk of severe covid.

October 5, 2021

Mask and vaccine mandates have left us divided, but everyone can agree on helping the kids

As some parents and teachers find themselves at odd over mandates, both sides have found common ground on bolstering students.

September 28, 2021

Two sisters recall civil rights activism, and ponder preparing the next generation

Dorie and Joyce Ladner have witnessed the nation’s racial struggles. They want young people to understand what lies ahead.

September 21, 2021

Support for troops in Afghanistan kept criticism muted. The cost of our quiet was too high.

Americans tried to honor the warriors, not the war, and we all paid the price.

September 14, 2021