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Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

Supreme Court’s voting rights decision ‘mad me want to cry’

JOHN LEWIS NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST Rep. John Lewis’ testimony July 17, 2013 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Shelby v. Holder case that invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since first being elected to Congress, Congressman Sensenbrenner has been a tireless […]

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

What Blacks can learn from South Africa

Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa. Mandela’s insistence and persistence for freedom for Black South Africans, which included a 27-year jail […]

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

We’ve been marching in place since March on Washington

As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase, “I have a dream!” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous March on Washington. Aug. 28, 1963 was the day that a quarter million people descended […]

Let us refuse to be silent

Let us refuse to be silent

The reaction to the not guilty verdict from George Zimmerman’s jury was swift and strong. Young people poured onto the streets in peaceful protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. By 3 a.m. more than 100,000 people signed an online petition urging the Justice Department to pursue civil rights violation charges […]

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

It is past time to confront the Obama administration

Alright, team, enough is enough. During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America — for the most part — gave the administration a pass. Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a little breathing room. While we gave him breathing room, the political Right, […]

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Criminal injustice system failed Trayvon

Watching television Saturday night, I sat in stunned silence as the jury returned its not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL. Then, I was jolted by a comment made by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda: “… We live in a great country that […]

Supreme Court giving aid and comfort to bigotry

Supreme Court giving aid and comfort to bigotry

For decades now, July 4th has always compelled in me to reconsider, and more deeply appreciate, Frederick Douglass’ famous oration of 1852. Of course, that’s the one, given before an audience heavily but not completely comprised of White abolitionists in Rochester, N.Y. that contains one of the most famous passages of American oratory. Having declared […]

Women deserve a right to choose

Women deserve a right to choose

I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to abort herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized. I’ll never forget the blood on the floor of her room, and the anguished screams of her roommate. The […]

The unbelievable Walmart

The unbelievable Walmart

The other night I was watching television and a commercial came on. It was from Walmart and it was attempting to convey what a wonderful company they would like us to believe that they are. I went running to the rest room. In April of this year, a building (Rana Plaza) collapsed in Bangladesh. It […]

America’s crisis: 38 million have no retirement assets

America’s crisis: 38 million have no retirement assets

As more baby boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), 38 million Americans – 45 percent of working-age households – have no retirement account assets. “The heart of the issue consists of […]