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Black women still penalized for race and gender

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed race- and gender-based discrimination. Now, 50 years later, Black women still suffer under the double-whammy of race and gender.

Roundtable at Capitol Hill address minority women

Over 300 Black women from 10 states traveled to Capitol Hill last week to urge members of Congress to pass policies and programs that help Black and underserved families, especially single mothers and the working poor, during the Black Women’s ...

Minorities herded into private prisons

Although private schools are often lauded for providing a better education to students, the same can’t be said of private prisons, which house a disproportionate number of people of color, according to a report published in the latest issue of ...

Obama receives new agenda for jobs, freedom

A group of civil rights leaders met with President Obama and several members of his cabinet last week to discuss the 1963-2013: 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, a formal document with more than 90 legislative policy and priority ...

Blacks still victimized by ‘stand your ground’

Two years ago, 14-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning from a trip from a nearby 7-Eleven store in Sanford, Fla., to purchase a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona tea when he was confronted by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood ...

‘Fearless Five’ superheroes leap into action to help Black youth

Five young African American superheroes called the Fearless Five may be saving young Black minds – one picture adventure book and T-shirt at a time. The Fearless Five is the creation of Steve Johnson, 43, owner of HNK – Happy, ...

Moving the race dialogue forward

George Zimmerman. Paula Deen. And, more recently, Seattle Seahawks star defensive cornerback Richard Sherman. Just the mention of their name ignites a passionate discussion on race.

Young Black voters pay higher ‘time tax’ at the polls

As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

Back on the job, federal workers worry about another shutdown

After a little more than two weeks, things have finally gotten back to normal in the nation’s capital. At least, normal by Washington standards.

Sen. Booker wins Senate, defeats former Mayor Lonegan

In what many expected, Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race against Republican hopeful Steve Lonegan at a special election on Wednesday in New Jersey. Booker became the first African American elected ...

Inside Jesse Jackson’s negotiation to win release of U.S. vet

Jesse Jackson was ensconced in his 6th floor suite at Hotel Nacional, at the end of the hallway, as the four people he had invited to accompany him to Cuba – James Gomez, director of International Affairs for the Rainbow ...

SCLC/WOMEN founder Evelyn Lowery dies

Evelyn Gibson Lowery, a civil rights activist and wife of Southern Christian Leadership Conference co-founder Joseph E. Lowery, died in her southwest Atlanta home Thursday morning from complications from a stroke. She was 88 years old.

Black farmers collect $1.2 billion

For decades, Black farmers fought the United States Department of Agriculture over racial discrimination. The farmers, mostly in the South, lost crops, their farms and their homes. Some farmers grew old and died waiting for the slow hand of justice ...

Justice Department will sue N.C. over new voting laws

Stepping up efforts to combat voting laws that discriminate against Blacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to sue North Carolina over restrictive, new voting laws that critics say will suppress the minority vote.

Black children among the nation’s poorest

As the American economy stumbles through an uneven economic recovery, Black children continue to suffer record levels of poverty, including 1 in 4 Black children under 5 years of age that live in extreme poverty, according to the Census Bureau.