Tag: civil rights

President meets with black civil rights, political, religious leaders

President meets with black civil rights, political, religious leaders

| March 13, 2015

By Shantella Y. Sherman Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Obama recently met with African-American civil rights and faith leaders to provide an update on the administration’s priorities as described in the State of the Union. The meeting was also an opportunity to have a dialogue with the leaders about the issues […]

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In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

In Selma, Obama proved that he is ‘black enough’

| March 11, 2015

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEW ANALYSIS SELMA, Ala. (NNPA)–Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the 2008 annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Las […]

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead local commemoration of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead local commemoration of ‘Bloody Sunday’

| March 1, 2015

FORT WAYNE—On March 8, Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is scheduled to lead a local 50th year commemoration of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march.

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Civic lessons, civil rights

Civic lessons, civil rights

| February 8, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of […]

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Take page from gay rights activists

Take page from gay rights activists

| February 4, 2015

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Columnist When it comes to the issue of gay rights in America, sometimes you can see the tide of a movement change in front of you. There was a time not so long ago when gay advocates were laughed out of the room. Their agenda was stalled during the presidency […]

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50 years of black progress

50 years of black progress

| February 3, 2015

By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist Has Black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer. And the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, 1965 to 2015 has been a remarkable period in […]

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Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

| January 29, 2015

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations, as were several “white” films and white actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscar voting academy was going to make another powerful drama […]

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Nobel Peace Prize vindicated Martin Luther King Jr. for stand on nonviolence

| January 16, 2015

By Zachary Lester Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age 35, he was the youngest person to ever be presented the prestigious honor. He was the third black recipient and the second African American, following Ralph Bunche, the famed […]

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APRI invites high school seniors scholarships honoring Charles Redd A. Philip Randolph

APRI invites high school seniors scholarships honoring Charles Redd A. Philip Randolph

| January 13, 2015

FORTVWAYNE—In keeping with its mission to support the scholastic endeavors of young people, the Fort Wayne Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) is scheduled to award scholarships to two high school seniors who plan on pursuing a college or university education this year. “For APRI, we see education as a means to strengthen […]

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Civil rights champion Tom Brown passes away at 88

Civil rights champion Tom Brown passes away at 88

| January 8, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne—and the nation—lost one of its preeminent civil right figures recently with the passage of a local stalwart fighter for freedom and human rights. Thomas “Tom” D. Brown, 88, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa. after a long illness. Brown, who resided in Fort Wayne for more than 50 […]

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