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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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Civic Lessons and Civil Rights

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of the evidence that Americans of all ages are, as a group, woefully ignorant about basi ...

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Black History Month is Still Relevant in 2015, And Here’s Why

"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 you walk in to that ...

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The Real Barack Obama Emerges

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. He was strong, progressive, firm, and relaxed. He was almost cocky as he offered a few jokes, smugly announced that he would have no more elections, and just generally exuded confidence. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely ...

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Will the Supreme Court Evict the Fair Housing Law?

Although a series of civil rights laws were enacted in the 1960s, in the 21st Century many of these victories continue to face legal challenges. On January 21, one such challenge was heard by the United States Supreme Court. By the time the Justices rule in the case of Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project, the nation’s Fair Housing Act of 1968 will either be gutted or strengthened. L ...

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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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