Civil Rights

NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

NAACP board elects Mississippi’s Derrick Johnson president

| November 3, 2017

Johnson vows to work closely with NNPA By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The future of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is inextricably linked to the future of African Americans and its incumbent upon the nation’s oldest civil rights organization to work with the Black Press to get that […]

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Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

Bright light of Black Press dims: Bernal SmithII dies at 45

| October 31, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The National Newspaper Publishers Association lost one of its own this week. Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the […]

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Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

Educating black students in new Jim Crow era

| October 31, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most black children. In an effort to engage black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, educational […]

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Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

Award-winning actor Robert Guillaume dies at 89

| October 30, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Family members, friends and fans are grieving the loss of television and stage icon Robert Guillaume, who died on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Los Angeles. Guillaume, 89, is survived by his second wife, Donna Brown, a son and three daughters. “He was a pioneer and what he did […]

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. calls for ‘full-scale’ boycott of BMW

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. calls for ‘full-scale’ boycott of BMW

| October 30, 2017

By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) The Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, called for a “full-scale” boycott of BMW, the German automaker, for refusing to reply to the survey for the group’s annual diversity scorecard. Not only did BMW refuse to complete the survey, the German automaker also refused […]

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Out of shadows: Overt racism flourishes in American South in Trump era

Out of shadows: Overt racism flourishes in American South in Trump era

| October 27, 2017

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Race relations in the United States, especially in the South, are plagued by troubling examples of the challenges that face the nation, as Americans work toward achieving the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of, more than 50 years ago. Forty-two percent of Americans said that they […]

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Trump makes George W. Bush look like the second best U.S. president

Trump makes George W. Bush look like the second best U.S. president

| October 27, 2017

Bush eloquent in denouncement of bullying, prejudice By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) I never thought I would miss President George W. Bush, our 43rd president, and I’ve never much thought of him as a great, or even a good speaker; but the speech he gave at a conference convened by the George W. Bush […]

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead second Annual Love Train Unity Walk

Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead second Annual Love Train Unity Walk

| October 19, 2017

FORT WAYNE—Last year it was the survivors of the Charleston Church Massacre leading the way to unity in our community, and now six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be at the front of the line. Having been dubbed “The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated, her athletic accomplishments are literally second to […]

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Confederate statues fall, but economic racism lingers

Confederate statues fall, but economic racism lingers

| October 17, 2017

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Cheers to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, one of the first mayors to take Confederate statues down and to make the strong point that these statues represent nothing but oppression. You should check out the speech he delivered, in May, at MarketWatch.com. More cheers to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh […]

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We need a values revolution in America

We need a values revolution in America

| October 17, 2017

Reclaiming our moral values, critiquing the so-called values voters summit By the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II (President, Repairers of the Breach) 22 1-3 God’s orders: “Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message. Say, ‘Listen to what God says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your officials […]

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