Latest from Michael A. Fletcher

A Black professor in Baltimore, bridging two worlds

Lawrence Jackson grew up in a mostly Black neighborhood, Park Heights; now he lives in a mostly White one, Homeland.

May 13, 2022

The elite Baltimore cops who became criminals

Justin Fenton recounts the brazen misdeeds of the Gun Trace Task Force.

March 26, 2021

Black America, White violence and generations of unhealed wounds

In visceral essays, Michael Eric Dyson explains the unrest after George Floyd’s killing.

December 4, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and legal pioneer for gender equality, dies at 87

She rose to the top of her class at Columbia Law School in the 1950s, helped battle gender discrimination as an ACLU lawyer and, in 1993, became the second woman on the high court.

September 18, 2020

Is fast food in black America a boon or a burden?

Marcia Chatelain explores McDonald’s impact on black communities.

January 30, 2020

Today an American icon, Martin Luther King Jr. once roused vicious hatred

Jason Sokol explores how the civil rights leader’s image evolved after his assassination.

April 27, 2018

Black and privileged until Jim Crow came and crushed a sense of dignity

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor chronicles the changing fortunes of the early black elite.

February 24, 2017

Puerto Rican officials seek debt restructuring to avoid looming defaults

Revised forecasts show recession, fiscal crisis have crippled tax revenues and brought the commonwealth closer to disaster.

January 18, 2016

Puerto Rico avoids loan default by dipping into cash reserves

The action allows the territory to buy time as it waits to see if Congress will approve money for a bailout.

December 30, 2015

Congress offers no lifeline as Puerto Rico heads toward default

The spending bill offered no bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico, which is facing the likelihood of cascading defaults in just weeks.

December 16, 2015