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Civil Rights: Let us finish the unfinished work

Though the U.S. has made tremendous progress since the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is plenty of unfinished work to be done in order to make the nation a more perfect union, President Barack Obama ...

Promise Zone to help high-poverty communities

The Obama administration will launch a competition to designate the next round of Promise Zones, part of President Barack Obama’s plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, ...

Library of Congress hosts civil rights exhibit

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act, the Library of Congress has launched “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom,” an exhibition of rarely seen documents and oral histories on the ...

Lawsuit seeks $40 million for victims of police abuse

ST. LOUIS (NNPA) – Sweltering heat didn’t keep more than 50 people from gathering at the Eisenhower Federal Building for a press conference where attorney Malik Shabazz of Black Lawyers for Justice announced a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the ...

Recovering from recession tougher for Blacks

The unemployment rate for Blacks (11.4 percent) and Whites (5.3 percent) remained unchanged from July to August, but the fact that Black unemployment is 2.4 percent higher than when the recession began five years ago is an indication that Blacks ...

National campaign to fight police brutality

In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.

Civil rights groups push Ferguson to the polls

In the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, Black teenager by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the social and political unrest that followed, civil rights leaders have urged citizens of the St. Louis ...

Former MLK aide donates papers to Alabama State

Working as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s secretary, Maude Ballou would put in long hours despite the threats to her safety.

Behind Ferguson’s unrest: Failed federal policy and the Black-White housing gap

On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, was about local police using deadly force on an unarmed young man. But on a deeper level, it reflected the increasing poverty and economic decline that affects ethnic communities all over America.

Shooting of unarmed teen sparks civil unrest

An unarmed 18-year-old African American teen was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, a 70 percent Black suburb a few miles north of Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday. According to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, the man who ...

Drug offenders receive retroactive sentence reductions

In a major move last week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively.

Black men show little signs of progress in 40 years

Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago.

Ben Chavis named NNPA interim president, CEO

Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., a global business leader, educator and longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group’s annual meeting here Wednesday, NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell announced.

‘You still can’t download freedom’

Rapidly expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, said Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer.

Ray Boone, crusading editor, ‘champion’ journalist, dead at 76

Raymond Harold “Ray” Boone had a snappy response when the infuriated commander at an Army outpost in South Carolina threatened to lock him in the stockade for staying seated when the band played the Southern anthem Dixie.