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Events Mark Emmett Till Slaying 60 Years Later

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to cha ...

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Black Students Nationally Disproportionately Disciplined

Black boys and girls are suspended and expelled from schools at extremely high rates By Frederick H. Lowe African-American boys comprise 47% of suspensions and 44% of expulsions from kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools in 13 Southern states.  These removals from school result in many of them being referred to the police, unlike white students who are disciplined by school officials, according ...

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Familiar Faces from Ferguson Fellowship at Vigil for Mansur Ball-Bey

by Kenya Vaughn Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American “Hey, how have you been,” said Cathy Daniels, affectionately known to Ferguson protesters as “Mama Cat.” She walked around greeting people Thursday night at the intersection of Page and Walton – near where 18 year-old Mansur Ball-Bey was fatally wounded by St. Louis City Police around noon the day before. “It’s been a long time,” she said recog ...

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Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age 104, her son Bruce Boynton said. Boynton Robinson was among those beaten during the voting right ...

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America’s Oldest Known Veteran, Emma Didlake, Dies at 110

The nation’s oldest known veteran, Emma Didlake, died Sunday, a month after meeting President Obama in the White House. She was 110. Didlake, an African American housewife who joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, fell ill Sunday morning and suddenly died. Her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, said she had complained of feeling tired over the past few days, and had showed signs of failing over the we ...

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Buzzwords Used to Describe African-Americans Seen as Harmful

Whether in print, on television or on social media, people are increasingly using code words or phrases to describe African Americans. “Urban” is now the politically-correct term for black people, neighborhoods or style of dress; “thug” is sometimes code for the n-word; and the term “ethnic” may be used in fear of referring to someone as black. There are also phrases such as “that’s ghetto,” something negat ...

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Miami Police Union Targets Woman for Posting Video of Alleged Police Brutality

RT.com Story Posted:08/17/2015 A cell phone video of a Miami police officer arresting a Black teen and then beating him several times in the back of a squad car went viral, but the woman who posted the video for her friend has now become a target of the Miami police union. The situation began as Shenitria Blocker was filming police during an arrest in Miami on Thursday afternoon. The 47-second-long footage ...

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Notable Mississippians Join Chorus to Change State Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (The Clarion-Ledger) — In a letter appearing in a full-page ad in today’s Clarion-Ledger, author John Grisham, actor Morgan Freeman, legendary quarterback Archie Manning, “The Help” author Kathryn Stockett and others are calling for removal of the Confederate emblem from Mississippi’s state flag. With other states removing their Confederate battle flags, Mississippi remains the last with the ...

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Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond Dies at 75

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julian Bond, immediate past board chairman of the NAACP, a founding member and communications director of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), died Saturday night, August 15, at the age of 75. Bond served as the president of the SPLC, a legal advocacy organization t ...

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A Vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and Everywhere

By Gloria Walton (AMERICAN FORUM) – This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. It provides a blueprint for how we might beg ...

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