Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novel, Before I Forget. His column runs every Sunday and Wednesday. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was released in 2009.
On Sept. 11, 2001, he wrote a column on the terrorist attacks that received a huge response from readers who deluged him with more than 26,000 e-mails. It was posted on the Internet, chain-letter style. Read the column and others on the topic of September 11.
You can also read Pitts' series, What Works?, a series of columns about programs anywhere in the country that show results in improving the lives of black children.
Leonard also wrote the 2008 series I Am A Man, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.
Originally published on Jan. 9, 2008
These things happened last week in America.
Originally published on Aug. 15, 2007
Sen. Barack Obama was scheduled to address the National Association of Black Journalists, but he was late. A hum of conversation hung over the standing-room-only crowd waiting for him in a ballroom at Bally's Las Vegas.
Originally published on July 11, 2007
Back in college, the resident advisor in my dorm was a guy named Dave Ehrke. I'm guessing at the spelling (this was more than 30 years ago), but I remember it rhymed with "turkey, " a coincidence we frosh were quick to exploit.
Originally published on May 7, 2007
Not Rudy Giuliani, who is a supporter of abortion rights.
Originally published on Feb. 2, 2007
Apparently, it comes as quite a surprise to some people that Barack Obama is black.
Originally published on Jan. 19, 2007
Originally published on Nov. 18, 2006
W hen you walk around with Barack Obama's new book in hand, people give you looks.
Originally published on March 13, 2006
Barack Obama is not Jesus.