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Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Another baseball season has opened,
and with it, Major League Baseball’s
annual homage to Jack Roosevelt
Robinson, more popularly known as Jackie Robinson, whose breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers was one of the late 1940s’ harbingers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This year, the tribute to Robinson was complemented by […]

Different rules for Black, White students

Different rules for Black, White students

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST A representative from the office of Florida state attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Angela Corey spoke to a group of African-American clergy from around the country this week, attempting to explain how that office works. Corey was the prosecutor who tried George
Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted of
second-degree […]

Emanuel isn’t leading on police reform

Emanuel isn’t leading on police reform

Chicago is a city on edge. On a recent weekend, 20 people were shot over 13 hours. According to the Chicago Tribune, 1,051 have been shot this year
alone, through April 25. One hundred seventy-eight have been killed, more than one each day. And while shootings take place across the city, they are concentrated in neighborhoods […]

Harriet Tubman, economic Freedom Fighter

Harriet Tubman, economic Freedom Fighter

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill, my heart sang, “Hallelujah!” Additional changes to the currency were also announced. The back of the $10 will now recognize the five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. The back of the $5 bill will recognize civil rights leaders and […]

A line is crossed in Wichita

A line is crossed in Wichita

ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS NNPA COLUMNIST As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels, and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only impacts the Middle East. And no longer can Americans ignore the threat of terrorism as primarily a European problem. Although attacks in the United States are less frequent […]

Lifting communities by raising the minimum wage

Lifting communities by raising the minimum wage

“We find our population suffering from old inequalities, little changed by vast sporadic remedies. In spite of our efforts and in spite of our talk, we have not weeded out the overprivileged and we have not effectively lifted up the underprivileged. Both of these manifestations of injustice have retarded happiness. No wise man has any […]

Black Women won’t celebrate Equal Pay Day until Aug. 1

Black Women won’t celebrate Equal Pay Day until Aug. 1

According to the American Association of University Women, a group that promotes equity and education for women and girls, “Equal Pay Day (April 12) is the symbolic day when women’s earnings ‘catch up’ to men’s earnings from the previous year.” But African-American women earn a scant 63 cents to the average dollar a White man […]

Revive the US Commission on Civil Rights

Revive the US Commission on Civil Rights

This country has made remarkable progress on civil rights over our history. We’ve moved from slavery to segregation to equal rights under the law. African-Americans have gained the right to vote, the right to equal employment opportunity. Open racism has become increasingly unacceptable. Gays and lesbians have progressed toward equal rights. Same-sex marriage is increasingly […]

Blacks voices missing from Western Sahara discussion

Blacks voices missing from Western Sahara discussion

I was thrilled to hear that there would be a hearing on Capitol Hill regarding the human rights situation in the Western Sahara. The “Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission,” co-chaired by Congressman Joseph Pitts and Congressman James McGovern, along with Commission member Congressman John Conyers, hosted the discussion March 23. This was quite important in […]

Fight against voter suppression

Fight against voter suppression

In 2013, the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of its power to stop states from creating and enforcing laws that would prevent eligible voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote. Under the dark shadow of the newly crippled law, our nation celebrated the 50th year anniversary of the passage of the Voting […]

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