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Breaking White silence on racism

Breaking White silence on racism

On September 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka did something quite fascinating. He spoke to a labor audience in St. Louis about race and racism. What was particularly noteworthy is that he was not speaking to a largely Black or Latino audience. (To hear and see the speech, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny8loBhqmhc.) I have known Richard Trumka […]

More Blacks headed to Congress

More Blacks headed to Congress

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE NNPA COLUMNIST There are 44 African-American members of Congress. Next year, five more are expected to join them, bringing the total to 49. That will represent the highest number of Blacks in Congress in American history. But will it make a difference? Can they leverage their numbers? Another record-breaking development in the […]

Decriminalizing school discipline

Decriminalizing school discipline

The purpose of public schools is to educate not exclude children, and to help identify and meet child needs, not make children serve adult convenience, self-interest, and systems. So huge reforms are required in school discipline policies and practices across our nation as school pushout has worsened in past decades with the criminalization of children […]

Obama: Let’s finish the unfinished work

Obama: Let’s finish the unfinished work

President speaks Saturday at Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Though the U.S. has made tremendous progress since the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is plenty of unfinished work to be done in order to make the nation a more perfect union, […]

Mom: Son’s ‘sentence wasn’t death’

Mom: Son’s ‘sentence wasn’t death’

Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League the National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice […]

B-CU’s Williams is MEAC player of the week

B-CU’s Williams is MEAC player of the week

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NORFOLK, Va. – Bethune-Cookman University football student-athlete Quentin Williams registered two career-highs over the weekend, and has been named this week’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week. The announcement came from the MEAC Office on Monday in Norfolk, Va. Williams, a 6-0, 190 senior quarterback from Tampa, helped No. […]

Stewart never considered quitting after deadly incident

Stewart never considered quitting after deadly incident

NASCAR driver struck and killed Kevin Ward Aug. 9 in New York BY SCOTT FOWLER CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (MCT) KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A subdued Tony Stewart said Monday he never thought about giving up driving racecars in the past seven weeks after a car he was driving struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. […]

Former Rattler chaplain offering his spiritual wisdom to Wildcats

Former Rattler chaplain offering his spiritual wisdom to Wildcats

SPECIAL TO THE TIMES The uniqueness of having served as a chaplain for both the Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman football teams sets up the Rev. Kevin James for some scriptural humor. Ministering unto both Rattlers and Wildcats? Does not Matthew 6:24 tell us “You cannot serve both God and mammon”? “Okay, you got me there,” […]

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for Muslim prayer

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for Muslim prayer

BY RYAN PARKER LOS ANGELES TIMES (MCT) Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was flagged during Monday night’s game after he kneeled for a Muslim prayer after returning an interception for a touchdown. Abdullah, a practicing Muslim, was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after the pick-six during the Chiefs 41-14 rout of the New […]

Orange Avenue shutdown hurting businesses

Orange Avenue shutdown hurting businesses

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS DAYTONA TIMES Business owners, managers and a pastor voiced their concerns over the closing of parts of Orange Avenue at last week’s Daytona Beach City Commission meeting. The overall complaint: Patrons can’t get to the businesses. Prior to the meeting, City Commissioner Paula Reed, whose district covers the area, walked along […]