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Obama: Civil Rights Movement opened door for me

With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on Thursday credited the Civil Rights Movement and landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for paving the way for his becoming the nation’s first Black president.

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Race for Results shows Black children rank last on milestone index

Despite great progress that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles remains” that prevents children of color, especially Black children, from reaching their full potential, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Youth protest tobacco industry

Hundreds of smokers in the district succumb to tobacco-related illnesses every year and accumulate millions in health care costs.

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Eggs and Issues: Panelists offer government plans for region

State Sen. Royce West of the 23rd District gathered government representatives together to discuss several issues affecting the community and plans for Dallas and Ellis County residents.

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Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress

Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress that stemmed from those landmark measures are being undermined by Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote.

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Jimmy Carter: My life was shaped by ‘Black culture’

AUSTIN – Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s and 1930s, former President Jimmy Carter said his life was shaped at an early age by “Black culture.”

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Bush says education achievement gap is ‘scandalous’

AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a “nation scandal” that deserves immediate action.

Be informed: School board candidates

This week, The Dallas Examiner worked with the Coalition for an Accountable System of Education to publish a School Board Education Guide for the May 10 election of Dallas Independent School District Trustees for District 2, 6 and 8.

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Suspended from Preschool?

Black student discipline triple that of Whites

Even before they typically learn to read, African American children – some as young as 4 years old – are taught a disgusting lesson: discrimination.

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Monday Night Politics - Meet the Candidates presents School Board Candidates

On Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Dallas Examiner will present Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates for the School Board elections.

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The audacity of voting

I love voting. Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me, pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater, part of my Catholic school uniform. Most of my relatives were Democrats, though my grandmother voted Republican a time or two because “Lincoln freed the slaves.” In 1960, I had the privilege of pulling the lever to elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate that the nuns at Immaculate Conception Elementary School rhapsodized over.

NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality

The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League’s 38th annual State of Black America report titled, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America.”

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Distracted driving crashes on the rise in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation is urging motorists to put away their mobile devices and pay attention to the road as more crashes are occurring because of these distractions. April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the launch of TxDOT’s annual Talk, Text, Crash public education campaign.

Texas students excel at ExxonMobil fair

Nearly 1,100 students from across the state competed last month in the 28th Annual ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings top science-fair winners from across the state to showcase their innovation to win top prizes. The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted the fair.

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Around the State

Dallas ISD will host a citywide pre-K registration at all campuses that began on Monday and will end Friday. To be eligible for pre-K, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the upcoming school year. Research shows that 85 percent of a child’s brain development takes place before age 5.

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Task force to revitalize the Black community

Rev. R.B. Holmes, a civil rights leader and pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., is heading up a task force of 40 ministers to undertake a 12-point action plan to revitalize the Black community, taking on issues ranging from the repeal of controversial “stand your ground” laws to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

College slaves or student- athletes?

Should college athletes be paid? It’s a common debate lately, especially among many of those at our larger colleges and universities that have millions of dollars generated by sports teams.

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Acceptance by Ivies doesn’t remove stigma

You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again.

Declaring class war on ‘the least of these’

The Bible’s injunction that we shall be judged by how we have treated the “least of these” (Mathew 25:40) appears in different forms in virtually every religion or faith. And surely the measure of a country is how it treats the most vulnerable of its people – children in the dawn of life, the poor in the valley of life, the ailing in the shadows of life, the elderly in the dusk of life.

The power of the Black Press remains strong

Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions.

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