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.
In My Opinion
Dear Mr. President:
Originally published on Nov. 02, 2008
The killers would have worn top hats. Having already murdered 102 African Americans, 14 by beheading, they would have driven at top speed toward Barack Obama, leaning from the windows of their vehicle, dressed in top hats and white tuxedos, firing guns.
Originally published on Nov. 19, 2008
They'll be back. Don't think for a minute that they won't.
Originally published on Nov. 12, 2008
Gay people, like black people, know how it feels to watch other people vote upon your very humanity.
Originally published on Nov. 05, 2008
"For the first time in my adult lifetime I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change." -- Michelle Obama, Feb. 18, 2008
Originally published on Sept. 24, 2008
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Originally published on Sept. 17, 2008
"Be careful what you do, 'cause the lie becomes the truth."
Originally published on Aug. 27, 2008
He spoke of the promise before he spoke of the dream.
Originally published on Aug. 20, 2008
First I spent long moments trying to decide upon my greatest moral failing. Then I spent longer moments asking myself whether I'd really want to share that failing with an audience of millions.
Originally published on Aug. 17, 2008
A few words about the search for America.
Originally published on July 16, 2008
Satire is tricky. It makes its point by exaggerating wildly with a straight face. In inflating a thing beyond all common sense or propriety, it seeks to render inconsistencies and hypocrisies glaringly apparent. Satire seeks truth in the ridiculous. For illustration, see any given episode of The Colbert Report.
Originally published on June 29, 2008
It is not difficult to understand why Barack Obama has a fear of scarves.
Originally published on May 28, 2008
Sure, I'll answer your question.
Originally published on May 25, 2008
I keep thinking I should be mad at West Virginia.
Originally published on May 4, 2008
My cousin thinks Jeremiah Wright walks on water.
Originally published on April 20, 2008
I bet Hillary Clinton wishes Bob Johnson would stop trying to help her.
Originally published on March 23, 2008
For a people so obsessed with race, we are exceptionally bad at talking about it.
Originally published on March 16, 2008
Hillary Clinton is right. Barack Obama does not have the experience to be president of the United States.
Originally published on Feb. 24, 2008
A few words in defense of words.
Originally published on Jan. 30, 2008
I was 6 years old when John F. Kennedy was killed.