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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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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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