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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 […]

A serious injustice in Michigan

A serious injustice in Michigan

During the election hoopla and the attention focused on Michigan’s Black voters, I was appalled that no one took the opportunity to point out a quiet yet outrageous situation. No one spoke about Edward Pinkney. Who is Ed Pinkney? He is a 68-year-old minister from Benton Harbor, Mich., a former NAACP branch president, and an […]

Renewable energy program is a pipe dream

Renewable energy program is a pipe dream

“Renewable energy” refers to production of energy from sources such as wind, solar heating, electric power, etc. as opposed to fossil fuel sources such as oil, coal, natural gas.  It is less harmful to our air and reduces global warming (if any).  It is a noble cause but so far, not much has become of […]

Deceptive debt collectors target vets, military families

Deceptive debt collectors target vets, military families

Debt collection remains the top complaint most often reported to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Two newly-released CFPB reports reveal which consumers are most at risk and the businesses most often identified in debt collection issues. As of March 1, CFPB found that California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas account for more than […]

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