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Financial shackles still in place

Financial shackles still in place

As the annual, month-long Black History observance begins, now is a timely moment to reflect on the journey that previous generations of Blacks have trod in the continuing quest for total freedom and equality. From 1865’s Emancipation Proclamation, to 1954’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and 1965’s voting rights legislation, […]

Civic lessons and civil rights

Civic lessons and civil rights

Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of the evidence that Americans of all […]

Progressive candidates ignore race matters

Progressive candidates ignore race matters

From everything I read – I like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Her progressive ideas are just what we need while Hilary Clinton is straddling the fence, and still cozying up with bankers. Warren says she isn’t running for President, but there are quite a few political action committees urging her to run. And like President […]

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to make more Black history. Black History Month is now celebrated around the world. We are grateful for the visionary leadership of noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson for being the founder of what was known as Negro History Week in 1926 that 44 years […]

Neither Obama nor Republicans have vision

Neither Obama nor Republicans have vision

Last week I thought Stevie Wonder gave a great State of the Union Speech. Oops, did I say Stevie Wonder, I meant to say President Obama. But like Stevie Wonder, I couldn’t see the America the president was describing in his speech. Listening to Obama, you would have thought that America, especially Blacks, had full […]

50 years of Black progress

50 years of Black progress

Has Black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer. And the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, 1965 to 2015 has been a remarkable period in the history of Black America. But make […]

Terror in the name of religion

Terror in the name of religion

It has been deeply disturbing to hear and read suggestions that there is something inherently violent in Islam that distinguishes it from other religions. It is also a false notion, and one which we must dispel immediately. Let’s start with the obvious facts. Islam has somewhere around 1.2 billion followers on planet Earth. All one […]

Selma: White savior not required

Selma: White savior not required

WALTER FIELDS NNPA Columnist The fierce and aligned, if not coordinated, campaign to smear the motion picture “Selma” by suggesting it inaccurately portrays the role of President Lyndon Johnson in the fight for Blacks’ civil rights is par for the course. Critics of the movie that focuses on the campaign for voting rights in Selma, […]

NAFEO supports ‘America’s College Promise’ initiative

NAFEO supports ‘America’s College Promise’ initiative

LEZLI BASKERVILLE NNPA GUEST COLUMNIST The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), applauds President Obama’s proposal to make community college tuition free, and views it as the commencement of an important dialogue with the states, college and university stakeholders that could help move as many as 9 million “would be” students from […]

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges? (Part II)

Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges? (Part II)

Few things irk me more than hearing someone say or imply that now that we have a Black president, perhaps the time has come to abolish Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I have zero tolerance for such ignorance. HBCUs are being held to a different standard than other universities that target certain communities. Because […]