Legacy of ‘first lady of the Black Press’

When James McGrath Morris set out to write his latest book, he didn’t know how timely it would be. When Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press hit shelves, Essence magazine had just released ...

Loretta Lynch to NAACP: ‘Our work is not finished’

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch pushed the NAACP to keep fighting for equality in education, economics and the criminal justice system in her speech at the organization’s Freedom Fund/Thalheimer Awards ceremony on the evening of July 15 in Philadelphia.

Obama says race infects U.S. criminal justice system

Hours after announcing his administration had secured a multinational pact with Iran to limit their nuclear program, President Barack Obama told the crowd July 14 that race has always played an outsized role in incarceration.

Symbols are important to Black America

Five days after South Carolina retired the Confederate flag with much fanfare, a small group of protesters in Oklahoma City greeted President Barack Obama with Confederate flags.

NAACP chief Brooks focuses on future

Touching on topics from across the nation, including the Confederate battle flag, the recent string of church burnings in the South, the tragic shooting and loss of nine lives at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the on-going campaign ...

NAACP convention draws prominent speakers

The NAACP’s 106th annual convention is drawing a slate of notable public officials. President Barack Obama delivered a keynote address Tuesday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Obama’s remarks centered around reforming the criminal justice system.

Obama urged to appoint reparations commission

In the wake of the mass murder of nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, and the rash of unsolved fires at Black churches in the South, a coalition of Black groups are calling on President Barack Obama to ...

Some prisoners forced to pay for stay

More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge inmates pay to stay fees, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects Black inmates and ex-offenders, according to a report by ...

Slavery linked to segregation in Southern schools

There is a direct correlation between the geographic concentration of slavery and today’s K-12 school segregation, according to a new study.

Dominican Republic’s ethnic cleansing

A Dominican Republic court order threatens to force more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians from their homes in an effort that many human rights watchers have called modern-day ethnic cleansing.

Recession continues for Black homeowners

Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new ...

Prison for sale: Great views, sleeps hundreds

For sale: A 325-acre property containing more than 100 structures atop a mountain offering spectacular views. Sleeps hundreds.

Support to remove Confederate flag grows

In what is quickly and unexpectedly gaining ground as a fitting memorial to the nine African Americans killed by a White supremacist at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, some of the most ardent defendants of the Confederate flag ...

NAACP leaders don’t have to be Black

If Rachel Dolezal had looked around, she would have discovered that a White person does not have to pretend to be Black in order to lead an NAAPC chapter. In fact, she would have to look no farther than several ...

Mass incarceration no factor in crime drop

The crime rate has been steadily decreasing for 25 years, but mass incarceration has had very little, if any, impact on the decline, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.