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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Snake eyes on the street, he had a lucky roll in prison

A drug dealer gets a life sentence but makes the most of his time, invents a dice game that becomes an app and then rolls a lucky seven: He gets an early release.

March 14, 2023

To get children to think for themselves, listen more, lecture less

The Parent Encouragement Program in Maryland helps parents navigate conflict.

March 7, 2023

A single mother on raising 3 boys during D.C.’s juvenile crime emergency

A single mother speaks out on the challenges of raising boys during DC's juvenile crime emergency

February 28, 2023

Why it’s important to teach Black kids Black history and culture

A cultural arts program in D.C. teaches Black children how to tell their story, know their history and save their souls

February 21, 2023

There is no easy solution to youth crime. But start at home.

In D.C. community crime meetings are slowing homing in on root causes that can be difficult to talk about

February 14, 2023

When D.C. youngsters get paid to work, the entire city prospers

Marion Barry's summer youth employment program remains a model for the nation after 44 years

February 7, 2023

Making D.C.’s Ward 3 ‘an example for all the land’

A predominantly White and wealthy D.C. ward sets its sights on becoming more a part of the city.

January 31, 2023

Saying farewell to Karon Blake, ‘man of the house’ at age 13

Slain 13 year old eulogized as man of the house; its a curse not a compliment

January 24, 2023

Who’s responsible for D.C. violence? Ask the youths closest to it.

Adults ought to stop blaming children for violence and look at themselves.

January 17, 2023

New Thou Shalt Not Kill movement meets numbness of so many killings

Prompted in part by a brazen killing last month outside the Busboys and Poets in Southeast Washington, a group of D.C. community activists announces a new anti-violence campaign.

January 10, 2023