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Neutralizing the Right Wing Political Agenda

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. The lesson is that the economic clout of African Americans and their progressive allies can be used to pressure businesses to do the right thi ...

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The Confederate Flag was Never ‘Misappropriated’

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The other night I listened to a South Carolina state legislator announce his support for pulling down the Confederate battle flag (of the Army of Northern Virginia) from the South Carolina statehouse. In the course of his quite interesting comments, he argued that the Confederate flag had been misappropriated by hate-groups. MSNBC talk-show host Chris Hayes politely aske ...

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Rewriting Confederate History

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it. They cl ...

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Has the “Lost Cause” Finally Lost?

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist  Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion–treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it recently – finally been irredeemably shredded? History is being made now. Not just “ordinary” history, but momentous history. The kind of history that will even more deeply mark this moment in time – the Obama ...

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Mo’ne Davis Drafted by Harlem Globetrotters

By Courtney Jacobs Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Mo’ne Davis received an unexpected present for her 14th birthday. The Little League star moved up in the ranks after she was drafted to the Harlem Globetrotters in their ninth annual draft. In a Globetrotters draft, the players selected can play whenever they want. Due to Davis’ age, she is going to stay in school before she hits the co ...

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The Black Church and the Strength to Forgive

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For many outside the Black community, they had never seen anything like it. Though suffering and deep in pain from the loss of loved ones at the hands of Dylann Roof at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., they reflected the finest reflection of Christian values. A daughter Ethel Lance, 70, one of the nine killed at Bible study, struggled to ...

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For Black Homeowners, Great Recession has not Receded

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new report commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “In 2007, median wealth e ...

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Preventing Student ‘Summer Slide’

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As students slip into their summer vacations, it’s up to families to make sure they don’t slip into academic amnesia. Usually, in what is called the summer slide, students forget up to six months of math and reading instruction when they’re not engaged in academic activities between school years. Matthew Mugo Fields thinks he has the solution ...

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Wizards Draft Oubre, Adds Upside to Aging Roster

By Stephen D. Riley Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper A funny thing happened a few months ago when Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman began to consistently pair the two best small forwards in his rotation together at the same time: he discovered the Wizards’ version of “small ball.” Playing savvy veteran Paul Pierce with sophomore swingman Otto Porter allowed Washington to spread ...

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Legislation that would retool and restore the Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress on June 24. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015” in the Senate. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) of the Congressional Black Caucus; Cong ...

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