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The Confederate Flag a Symbol of Racism in America – SC Take it Down

I don’t know what angered and upset me the most – hearing about the nine blacks murdered in the Charleston, South Carolina African Methodist Episcopal church or hearing some of the nonsense coming from Republicans running for President. This reminded me of a quote in the bible that basically says, that it's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. So when people like Lindse ...

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Left and Right Converge on Criminal Justice Reform

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist While social change for some may appear to be inevitable, it does not happen by osmosis, and it does not occur without a focused effort led by those who are not restrained by the fears of social transformation. An effective reform of the system of laws, courts, policies and institutions defined as the criminal justice system in the United States of America requires ...

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Emmanuel AME and the Buoyancy of Hope

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA ColumnistRev. Clementa Pinckney and his fellow congregants of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. gathered as usual in the historic edifice June 17 for their Wednesday evening prayer service. They came, as always, to refresh their religious faith, to testify and bear witness to the importance of living a life of righteousness and to extend to al ...

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Should African Americans Endorse Whites over Blacks?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. So far, Edwards is the only African American in the race and faces t ...

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Jailing Educators for ‘Cheating to the Test’

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux Eleven Atlanta teachers have been convicted of altering student test scores on standardized tests. They are charged with racketeering and conspiracy. The much-celebrated Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools Beverly L. Hall was among the indicted but was too ill to stand trial. She died March 2. Another group of teachers, principals and administrators took plea bargains. A total ...

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Should Florida become a Vegas-style Casino State?

by Reggie Fullwood “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are,” said the great writer C. S. Lewis. That pretty much sums up the issue of the expansion of gambling in the state of Florida. It is a matter of perspective, and it is one of the biggest decisions the state legislature and Governor will have to make in the near fut ...

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#BlackGirlsMatter Right Here in America

Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter. Her journey has not been easy; made all the more difficult by an experience, beginning in middle school and persisting to high school, that threatened to crush her dreams by denying her access to classes education professionals deem critical to demonstrate college readiness. Had it not ...

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Common Core Education Standards Still a Major Issue

Charles Dudley Warner infamously said, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” What if I told you that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and current president of the U.S. President Obama agree on more than they probably disagree when it comes to policy issues? I certainly haven’t talked to Gov. Bush of late or maybe I never have, but I know that he also has strong ties to the Hispanic community and believes in ...

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The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X

by Ron Daniels The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the passage of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Dr. Martin Luther King’s role in these events is correctly capturing the imagination of Black America. But, there is another set of events that should also receive attention of our people. Twenty-fifteen marks the 50th memorial of the assassination of Malcolm X, ...

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Why Black History Month is Still Relevant

by Reggie Fullwood "Freedom is never given; it is won," said the great organizer and leader A. Phillip Randolph. Black history is a history of fighting for freedoms and recognitions that were once denied." If you walk into any elementary school classroom around the country, regardless of the demographic makeup of the children, a vast majority of those students will know who Dr. Martin Luther King is. But if ...

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