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Advocates for justice host ‘Know Your Rights’ town hall meeting

Police brutality is a major issue across the country. But it is also a local issue – one that Dallas residents have been concerned with for a long time. Statistics from the Mothers Against Police Brutality show that since 2003 there have been over 68 deaths of unarmed individuals killed by Dallas police. In over 40 years, there have been no indictments.

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Ferguson increased revenue by targeting poor Blacks

The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.

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Around the State

Selma Lord Selma, featuring Amelia Boynton Robinson, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, located at 1309 Canton St. “Selma was Amelia Boynton’s idea,” Ambassador Andrew Young said. “Amelia Boynton was a Black woman who went to Selma in 1929 with George Washington Carver; she registered to vote in 1932.”

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Blacks still underrepresented at all levels of politics

Although Blacks have made tremendous improvement in holding elected office since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they remain underrepresented at the federal, state and local levels, according to a report scheduled to be released Tuesday by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Connecting to the Black consumer

The National Newspaper Publishers Association entered into an agreement with Nielsen in 2010 for Nielsen to do a series of three reports titled “The State of the African American Consumer.” The reports examined the African American consumer and their buying habits and were published in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The NNPA represents approximately 200 Black-owned and operated newspapers in the United States. Nielsen provides clients in more than 100 countries around the world with the most complete understanding of what consumers watch and buy.

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Defenders cheapen LBJ’s accomplishments

Lyndon B. Johnson has done more to help African Americans and poor people than any modern president. But his defenders are cheapening his legacy by inflating his accomplishments, which is an insult to the people – Black and White – who lost their lives fighting for civil rights.

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Systematic racism, bias in America

The U.S. Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after months of intense investigation, exposes a systematic pattern of injustice and inequality that can actually be found in many cities across the nation.

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Our failure to measure up – We must do better

oo much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product now is over $800 billion dollars a year. If we judge the United States of America by that, Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage …

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Black Americans’ threat from Whites wearing badges

Is Raymond Wilford, a 26-year-old Black Seattle resident, not dead or seriously injured only because the White mall security officer who maced and arrested him didn’t have a gun?

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Economic justice: Who pays for police officers’ misbehavior?

Ever since President Bill Clinton apologized for the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in 1997, we have heard calls for apologies from the government and individuals for a myriad of transgressions against Black people. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that apologies are highly overrated and mean very little when it comes to initiating substantive change and reciprocity toward the offended class or individual. We witnessed the latest apology by the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, to the family of Tamir Rice after the police findings were made public.

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Blacks dying for lack of Black help

Bi’ja Thatch sat nervously beside her mother when her doctor entered through the doors of her hospital room a little over a year ago bearing troubling news. Thatch was diagnosed with a rare, cancer-like disease that causes cells to destroy and damage each other.

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Racial disparities in early childhood hurts U.S.

Increased investment in early childhood education and care can eradicate many of the racial success gaps that persist throughout society, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

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Hawk meets with Southern Dallas for the first time

Residents of South Dallas packed the house during a town hall meeting to meet the new district attorney for Dallas County, Susan Hawk, at Concord Baptist Church on Feb. 16.

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Dallas Freedom Riders: Preparing for the next journey

“The Bible says that our young people perish from lack of knowledge. Who is to give them knowledge?” Dr. Jerry B. Chambers wondered. The former Dallas Independent School District educator also proposed a solution to the quandary he raised.

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Beyond survival: Life after being raped

“On May 15, 1995, two men ran up behind me as I approached my apartment building, and one of them pointed a gun at my head. In the hour that followed, I was blindfolded, gagged, tied facedown to my bed, and raped by both.”

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Ready, Willing & Able

UGM Sovereign Center for Homeless Advancement

Union Gospel Mission of Dallas has been serving the homeless population by helping them transform their lives and by getting back on their feet since 1949. The organization provides those in need with shelter, meals, clothing, showers and chapel services for those also staying overnight at their facilities.

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Around the State

Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees, along with Superintendent Mike Miles, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Jose “Joe” May Elementary School, the final campus to be built under the 2008 Bond Program. The ceremony will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. It will feature entertainment performances from the students at Francisco “Pancho” Medrano Middle School. Miles and Dallas City Councilman Adam Medrano will address the audience during the event. The school is located at 9815 Brockbank Drive. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the school’s auditorium.

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On a high note: Are you ready for your close-up?

Are you ready for your close-up?

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Dallas Selma march

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march, the founders of Faith Friday, Dr. Juanita Wallace and Akwete Tyehimba, will host “March for the Right to Vote.” Faith Friday is an organization dedicated to alleviating community issues. The march will take place on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. along the Continental Bridge.

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Black History and its relevancy: A Community Conversation

Many people today have a limited knowledge of Black history. There is limited information in public school textbooks about the struggles of African Americans, as well as our contributions to American history.

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