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Today’s activists: Heirs of Civil Rights Movement

In the months following Trayvon Martin’s shooting death at the hands of vigilante George Zimmerman in February 2012, a common question demonstrators asked was if the nationwide marches and fiery protests would be a moment or a movement.

With a criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested. That minor, almost reflexive reaction, led to Lewis sharing a drug possession charge with his ...

Black sororities, fraternities differ on protests

Recent protests against the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have created a conundrum for the nation’s Black fraternities and sororities: To remain relevant in the Black community they need to be involved, but protect their reputations if ...

Post-Katrina resentment revived by court’s ruling

It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New ...

Congressional staffers walk out on Capitol Hill

A gathering of Black congressional staffers and other Capitol employees stood silently on the House steps Dec. 11 and raised their hands in the air to protest the killing of unarmed Black men by police.

Diversity, social media employment

On Friday, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators ratified a resolution titled Supporting the Diversification of Tech Industry’s Empowerment, which calls on tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to diversify their workforces through more robust outreach to ...

For-profit prison companies foster ‘Treatment Industrial Complex’

As cash-strapped state and local governments shift resources from incarceration to treatment for individuals convicted of low-level drug crimes, for-profit prison companies are following the money and potentially “undermining efforts to treat and rehabilitate prisoners,”

Blacks irate by grand jury decision not to indict

Long after the St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch announced Officer Darren Wilson will not be prosecuted in connection with the killing of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown and burning tempers and flames had subsided, African American leaders ...

Ferguson: Activists unite for change

As the world waits to see if the jury will indict police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, activist organizations and coalitions have joined forces in the city and across the nation to reveal a deeper ...

John Doar, a different kind of civil rights champion

Though many Whites were active in civil rights, few were as influential as John Doar, the legendary lawyer and civil rights champion, who died recently at the age of 92.

Feds to create wrongful convictions unit

U.S. attorneys across the nation are professional prosecutors, making sure criminals are locked up for their crimes. Beginning this fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia will take on a new and very different role as it ...

Blacks ‘unbank’ at higher rates than Whites

When it comes to cashing checks and other financial transactions, Blacks are “unbanked” at much higher rates than Whites, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Black Press of America launches hashtag campaign

The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 74-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States. The Black Press has been a voice for and to African ...

Civil rights groups rally voters for Nov. 4 elections

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the first federal general election since the United States Supreme Court shredded a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with the Shelby County v. Holder decision, civil rights groups are ...

Civil rights groups rally voters for Nov. 4 elections

As voters prepare to cast ballots in the first federal general election since the United States Supreme Court shredded a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with the Shelby County v. Holder decision, civil rights groups are ...

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