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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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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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Black GOP Leaders Attempt to Engage Black Voters

By James Wright Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Black voters have been safely in the Democratic column for nearly eight decades but that is not going to stop Republicans from trying to win their votes in 2016. The Republicans control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as well as 31 out of the 50 state governorships. However, they want control of the White House in 201 ...

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President Obama Speaks, Sings of ‘Amazing Grace’ in Memory of Rev. Pinckney

by Kenya Vaughn Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American “His sacrifice must lead to reconciliation,” said U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). Rev. Clementa Pinckney paid the ultimate price when a stranger was allowed to stranger join him and about a dozen others for bible study at Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last Wednesday. Pinckney, a South Carolina State Senator in ...

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Maryland Moves To End Confederate Flag Plates

By Kelly-Ann Brown Howard University News Service WASHINGTON – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings – Blake and several state legislators are calling for the removal of the confederate flag on Maryland license plates and from state-issued property. Maryland is one of four states working to remove the emblem from their specialty plates, along with Virginia, North Carolina and Tenness ...

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EWC Honors Outstanding Alumni at National Confab

by M.Latimer Edward Waters College alumni from around the country met in Orlando, Florida this weekend for the 2015 EWC National Alumni Convention. The convention theme, titled "Moving our Association from Good to Great," set the mood, as participants planned and partied. The convention began on Thursday with the Presidential Reception. A series of plenary sessions took place on Friday and Saturday, where a ...

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Rawlings-Blake Makes History as the First African-American Female President of U.S. Conference of Mayors

San Francisco, CA – The presidential gavel was officially handed to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today by outgoing U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointing her head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd Annual Meeting of the USCM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. There have been five women mayor presidents of the organization – Elizabeth ...

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Support Grows for Taking Down Confederate Flag

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., some of the most ardent defendants of the confederate flag are reversing course and saying for the first time that the flag should no longer fly over the Capitol in South ...

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Burned NC Church May be Investigated as Hate Crime

MEGHAN KENEALLY Digital Reporter Police are investigating whether a fire at a predominantly Black church in North Carolina is a hate crime, authorities have said. A blaze was reported at the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in east Charlotte just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and investigators have determined that it was arson, The Associated Press reported. "We completed our work on the scene and determined this ...

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