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Some Black leaders overlooked during D.C. marches

Some Black leaders overlooked during D.C. marches

Organizers of the two recent marches on Washington – one called by Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III and the other engineered primarily by King’s sister, Bernice – almost stumbled over one another praising the diversity of their respective marches. However, not one addressed the elephant in the room: Why was more emphasis placed […]

Republicans gearing up to compete for Black vote

Republicans gearing up to compete for Black vote

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus inherited a simple mission: stop inflaming racism and expand the voter base beyond White, male America. Like so many Republicans before him, Priebus repeatedly gets in his own way in his attempts to appeal to Blacks and other minority groups. Rising stars The RNC’s latest effort to sell […]

All children deserve teachers who care about them

All children deserve teachers who care about them

As children across the country are returning to their classrooms, Janol Vinson is part of the next generation of educators and administrators who will be shaping our children’s future. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Northern Kentucky University and is now pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at […]

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was 50 years ago if only we could hear, heed, […]

Faux Republicans ‘can’t handle the truth’

Faux Republicans ‘can’t handle the truth’

Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its chairman, Reince Priebus hosted a great 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. It was truly wonderful to see the best of what America stands for. In attendance were Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, males and females. In other words, it was […]

No Rosa Park moment for Keystone opponents

No Rosa Park moment for Keystone opponents

Fifty years ago on this Aug. 28, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in our nation’s capital to fight for racial equality. The March on Washington proved to be a turning point in one of the most profound moral crises our country has ever faced. But in the half century since, the rhetoric of racial […]

Celebrating the ‘masses’ of the mass movement

Celebrating the ‘masses’ of the mass movement

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t there by himself. On that sweltering sunlit day of Aug. 28, 1963, King and the other leaders of the national civil rights organizations didn’t stand at the Lincoln Memorial and speak their powerful words to an empty outdoor auditorium of the National Mall. They spoke to the masses of […]

A brand-new problem for Republicans

A brand-new problem for Republicans

During the past year, we have watched monumental change take place all over the world; not just in terms of democracy, but in terms of culture, law, and politics, etc. Our major institutions have not been immune from this change that is sweeping across the globe. There has been a major push to redefine what […]

Another warrior rises in St. Paul

Another warrior rises in St. Paul

In my travels I have met many outstanding warriors. The late Arthur A. Fletcher and Parren J. Mitchell have cultivated the nation’s landscape in terms of economic empowerment. There is no one who can possibly mess with Dorothy Leavell in Chicago and get away with it. These greats and legions of others give us hope […]

Hip-Hop artists miss a beat by avoiding D.C. march

Hip-Hop artists miss a beat by avoiding D.C. march

JINEEA BUTLER NNPA COLUMNIST Beginning this weekend, there will be two celebrations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – one on Saturday, Aug. 24 and another one on Aug. 28, the actual anniversary of the march. Yet, I haven’t heard or seen much enthusiasm from the hip-hop community and began to […]