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AIDS Walk South Dallas will be held March 25 at 8 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in an effort to bring awareness of HIV and raise funds to support its year-round programs and services for men, women and children. Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services

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Closer look at women in history: Harriet Tubman

Many people have heard stories about the legendary Harriet Tubman as the conductor of the Underground Railroad, but they may not know the tumultuous history that inspired her leadership.

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Congress: Don’t hurt children

“I believe that the odds were stacked against me from the day I was born. She was never really a mother to me. She was never around,” said Bethany, a Washington, D.C., student born to a mother struggling with addiction.

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Foreboding ‘Shelby’ ruling replaces hope of Selma

In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens contrasted the plight of the poor in France with the lavish wealth of the aristocracy, the city of need with the city of greed. That harsh exploitation eventually erupted in the French Revolution and the brutal revenge of the revolutionaries on their former oppressors.

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Celebrating courageous women in history

During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the courageous women in our history who have marched, organized and advanced the promise of equality, including such giants as Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells and others who are forgotten in the suffragist movement that helped win the fight for women’s right to vote.

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JAMES CLINGMAN

“Do you ask what we can do? Unite and build a store of your own. Do you ask where is the money? We have spent more than enough for nonsense.” – Maria Stewart

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State AGs ask DeVos to protect federal student financial aid

An old adage teaches, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In recent months, the troubled Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools tried and lost two legal attempts to recover eligibility for federal education funds.

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The smugness, smiles of ‘good ol’ boys’ in government offices

Whenever I have watched movies having to do with race and specifically, Black people trying to get justice in a White world, what has bothered me most has been the smugness of law enforcement officers as they circumvent and avoid the quest for justice, saying that there really isn’t anything they can do.

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Vaccines: The real risk vs. the real benefits

Most Americans today have no concept of the terror generated by polio throughout the first half of the 20th century. During epidemics, newspapers and magazines displayed adorable children struggling to walk in braces or entombed in iron lungs, but the disease mostly fell off the national radar after it was eliminated from the country in 1979. In the past few years, however, polio has begun creeping back into headlines.

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Cicely Tyson honored at South Dallas school

The portrayal of African Americans in television and movies has always been instrumental in shaping the household of Black families. From Hattie McDaniels to Viola Davis, positive representation of Black Americans has been a long-standing fight against stereotypical roles.

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Kirk awarded first James C. Belt Life Time Achievement Award

Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama – the first African American to hold the position – was presented with the inaugural James C. Belt Life Time Achievement Award Feb. 25. The ceremony took place during an Honors Brunch presented by the United Methodist Men of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, the home church of Belt for 40 years, on the Paul Quinn College campus.

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Sandra Bland bill to reduce racial profiling

The first sweeping police overhaul proposed in Texas following a Black woman’s 2015 death in jail after a confrontational traffic stop would revamp racial profiling laws and officer training – measures that one law enforcement group derided March 2 as misguided, and another said was financially problematic.

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Republicans rushing to replace Obama’s health bill

House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, a package that would scale back the government’s role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured.

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Around the State

Two police commanders in Texas have been temporarily replaced as investigators determine who leaked police video and other material in the controversial arrest of a Black woman and her daughters by a White Fort Worth police officer.

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Pursuing justice in America for Lent

The brilliant lawyer and author of the critically important book Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson said, “We have to judge how we’re doing in America, not by looking at how we treat the rich and the popular and the famous.

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Private prisons slam door on justice

March 7 marked the 52nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the historic march and shocking police riot in Selma, Alabama, that helped build public support for passage of the Voting Rights Act.

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A shortsighted immigration policy

At the onset of President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump painted Mexican immigrants with a broad and nefarious brush, demonizing them as aggravated felons whose crimes include murder, drug and illegal firearm trafficking, and rape.

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Will lawmakers turn back the clock on fair housing?

When future generations read the history of the nation’s first Black president, I believe there will be greater acknowledgement of his administration’s significant accomplishments. For now, however, an undeniable strategic war is underway to dismantle the very progress President Obama achieved.

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Strange fruit: Young men of color found hanged

Police and community members in Lake Stevens, Washington, are being careful about calling the death of 18-year-old Ben Keita a lynching.

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Reflections: Messages from the last 24 years with the Black press

March 2017 marks the 24th year this column has appeared in Black newspapers and periodicals across the nation and in other countries as well. It’s time for reflection.

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