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Growing Up White in Jim Crow Atlanta

By Heather Gray I know much has been written about this period - primarily the 1950's and early 1960's. I am, however, sharing some of my experiences and reflections about growing up in "Jim Crow" Atlanta, Georgia. As a child I had come here from western Canada. Martin Luther King's home was about 8 miles away from my family home in Atlanta. It was so near yet so incredibly far away. One of the dilemmas we ...

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A Boost for the American Dream

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist About 800,000 homeowners whose mortgages were backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) could save $900 annually on mortgage costs, due to a small reduction in mortgage insurance (MI) premiums. President Barack Obama made the announcement in a recent speech in Phoenix, one of the cities hardest hit by the nation’s housing crisis. By reducing the MI rate by only a ...

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The Gantt Report – Je Suis Gantt

By Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report stands with the people of France and good thinking people around the world protesting the brutal murders of French journalists that were killed in a recent terrorist attacks on their media offices in the European nation. More than a million people joined over 40 presidents and prime ministers on the streets of Paris earlier this month in the most striking show of solidarity ...

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MLK Holiday Must Continue to be a Time for Reflection

by Reggie Fullwood Every day, every week, month and year we become more removed from some of the struggles of the past. For African Americans, our history in this country has been one of extreme challenge and great achievement. For older blacks, the Civil Rights Movement and leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. are still very relevant and unforgettable. For younger blacks, the story is quite different. Ofte ...

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The Education of Dr. King

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education. As early as 1947, as a Morehouse College student, he wrote an article, The Purpose of Education, for the Maroon Tiger, the college newspaper. His ...

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Black on Black Crime

While I wrote this in New Jersey I believe it applies everywhere. It's time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to black on black crime. My wife I had the privilege to attend a prayer service for black men gunned down by police on Monday Night (12/29/2014). There were many clergy and some elected officials from Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside, and Plainfield at this service. At that prayer service in ...

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Race in the Un-United States of America

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The understandable attention being focused on differing attitudes among Whites and Blacks toward law enforcement authorities in the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict White police officers for killing unarmed Blacks ignores a larger and more troubling trend – Blacks and Whites view race and racism from distinctly different perspectives. ...

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Breathing Life Into a Movement

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said, as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk. The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him. And because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the life was cho ...

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Janay Should be Celebrated for Staying with Ray Rice

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Feminists claim that women should take more control of their lives, arguing that women are capable of making decisions about their lives and what is in their best interest without guidance from a man. But White feminists and “strong Black women” are curiously absent when it comes to defending Janay Rice’s very personal and difficult decision to fight for her marriage. You k ...

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Police Shooting Victims Lives ‘Worth’ Less than a Ham Sandwich

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In Tom Wolfe’s best-selling The Bonfire of the Vanities, New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously said “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” Given the recent failure of grand juries to indict Darren Wilson, a White police officer in Ferguson, Mo., for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, and a similar cours ...

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