Dear Mr. President: Congratulations on That Nobel Peace Prize

Now it's time to get busy reclaiming your audacity of hope. Taking a cue from Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Bunche would be a start.

Please accept these suggestions in the spirit in which they’re given. Like you, I think human rights are absolutely essential to the four pillars of engagement and responsibility you outlined in your speech at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September. I hope you will use your acceptance speech on Dec. 10 to recommit yourself and your administration to meeting America’s human rights obligations both at home and abroad.


Lisa A. Crooms

Lisa A. Crooms is a professor at Howard University School of Law and chairs the Steering Committee of the Campaign for a New Domestic Human Rights Agenda.