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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.

Black media gets slighted, as spending power exceeds $1 trillion

Although annual Black spending is projected to rise from its current $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion by 2017, advertisers allot only 3 percent of their $2.2 billion yearly budget to media aimed at Black audiences, a new Nielsen report has ...

Ben’s Chili celebrates 55 years of history

Hundreds of people gathered outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl throughout much of the afternoon on Aug. 22 to celebrate the landmark restaurant’s 55th anniversary. The celebration, which was held two days before the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the ...

Ben Jealous resigns as NAACP president

Five years ago, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, made two promises. The first was to the NAACP to help the organization get to the next level, revitalizing the mission and ...

New Black Paper seeks to call activists to action

“There is a ‘state of emergency’ without urgency in Black America,”

America remembers King’s ‘Dream’

The task is not done, the journey is not complete,” Martin Luther King III said. He was standing in the exact space his father stood 50 years before – where he delivered the iconic I Have a Dream speech.

National Voting Rights Project launches

On Aug. 14, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, dean of the Civil Rights Movement, addressed citizens, civil rights and religious groups, civic leaders and legislators from across the nation to launch a 50-state project to promote, restore, and preserve fair and ...

Leaders unveil a Black agenda

Conveners of a gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington released a five-point agenda as a first step toward a public policy list for Black America.

Fiftieth Anniversary of March on Washington more diverse

The 50th Anniversary for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom celebrated a more diverse coalition and needs, but the central themes resonated around voting rights, jobs, gun violence and equality in minority communities.

Activists sue to overturn N.C. voter suppression law

When Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589 last week, the controversial Voter Information Verification Act, he said in an op-ed published in The News and Observer, “The common sense election reforms I just signed into law will protect the ...

March on Washington Mosaic Stamp

This month, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To celebrate and honor this landmark moment in our nation’s history, the U.S. Postal Service will release a limited edition 1963 March on Washington Mosaic Stamp. For ...