Black women face increased violence

Black women were murdered at more than double the rate of White women in 2012 and almost all [92 percent] of these women knew their assailant, according to a report titled, When Men Murder Women by the Violence Policy Center.

Ferguson Commission report: Symbol without substance

It took 10 long, intense months of research that included hundreds of interviews, Department of Justice reports, marches, police killings and outside recommendations, in order for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s 16-member Ferguson Commission to issue a 198-page report entitled Forward ...

DOJ disburses $23 million for police cameras

White House efforts to foster improved policing and better ties between communities and law enforcement went a step further this week as the Department of Justice announced its awarding of more than $23.2 million in grants for body-worn cameras.

NAACP ‘Journey’ march focuses on voting rights

America’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile walk led by the NAACP, is considered the longest walk advocating civil rights in history. The distance traveled in this walk is longer than Mohandas Gandhi’s 240-mile Salt March in 1930 and 17 times ...

Ex-tennis star Blake: Fire officer who tackled me

Former tennis star James Blake, whose caught-on-camera takedown by a plainclothes New York City police officer prompted apologies from the mayor and police commissioner, said on Saturday that the officer who wrongly arrested him should be fired.

Grieving mothers unite with Emmett Till’s relatives

It was Geneva Reed-Veal’s turn to speak about her life after the death of her daughter, Sandra Bland. The room was silent as Reed-Veal gathered her thoughts.

Program offers college courses to inmates

Brandyn Heppard usually arrives 30 minutes early for his visits to Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey. He puts his pre-approved belongings in a clear plastic bag made on-site and signs his name in the visitor logbook.

Court case to decide the fate of voting rights

Two pivotal court cases in North Carolina will determine the balance of political power in the state for years to come, and may signal the future of voting rights nationwide, according to civil rights and voting rights advocates working in ...

New Orleans, a tale of two cities

It’s been a decade since millions across the world witnessed the aftermath of what is known as one of the largest, costliest and deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the United States. With a death toll of nearly 2,000 and over ...

Farrakhan: ‘Justice or Else’ rally beginning of a movement

In a wide-ranging conference call with the Black Press, the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said the upcoming “Justice or Else” rally set for Oct. 10 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March is just the beginning ...

NNPA Foundation elects new board of directors

Washington, D.C. (NNPA) – The National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that manages charitable, educational and literary activities that promote high standards in ethnic media, recently elected four new officers to its board of directors Executive Committee.

Julian Bond praised for unselfish devotion to human rights

Julian Bond, a founding member and communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and immediate past board chairman of the NAACP, is being praised for his lifelong human rights contributions by people ranging from President Obama and his former ...

Honda to pay $25 million settlement for discriminatory lending

After a probe by the Department of Justice, American Honda Finance will pay $24 million to African American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islanders who were overcharged higher interest rates on car loans. An additional $1 million will be paid ...

Unemployment dips to 7-year low for Blacks

The Black unemployment rate tumbled to 9.1 percent in July, the lowest rate for Black workers in seven years, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Activists call for federal investigation into death of Sandra Bland

A broad coalition of civil rights groups delivered more than 500,000 signed petitions to the Justice Department demanding that Attorney General Loretta Lynch launch a full investigation into the death of Sandra Bland and into the practices and policies of ...