Tag: civil rights

Congressman John Lewis, one of a kind

Congressman John Lewis, one of a kind

| July 21, 2016

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA News Wire Columnist) I have always had enormous admiration for Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and that admiration increased exponentially when I watched him lead dozens of his congressional colleagues to sit-in on the floor of Congress to force a vote on gun control. As the supercilious Paul Ryan called for “decorum” […]

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Coach H.C. Story goes home to glory at 75

Coach H.C. Story goes home to glory at 75

| June 21, 2016

FORT WAYNE—Coach H.C. Story, civil rights activist and youth advocate, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Born in Akron, Alabama where he excelled in many sports but discovered he was destined to do other work for a time. As an adult, while still in the south, Story joined […]

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From Civil War to Civil Rights, Frank Smith lives black history

From Civil War to Civil Rights, Frank Smith lives black history

| March 17, 2016

By Avis Thomas-Lester for Urban News Service Frank Smith. emerged from a Mississippi jail and learned that he was wanted—by Uncle Sam. The 20-year-old civil rights worker had been locked up for three weeks in Greenwood for helping blacks register to vote. “After I was released from jail, I called my mother at home in […]

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Rosa Parks, 60 years later: What we must do

Rosa Parks, 60 years later: What we must do

| December 9, 2015

By the Rev. Bill McGill Special to Frost Illustrated “Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again?”—Rosa Parks Tuesday marked the 60th anniversary of a simple act of civil disobedience that forever changed the landscape of American history. […]

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‘You’ve Just Got to Pray:’ A Civil Rights Movement Veteran’s Story

‘You’ve Just Got to Pray:’ A Civil Rights Movement Veteran’s Story

| November 30, 2015

Part 3 of 4 Editor’s note: The following piece centering on local coach and youth advocate H.C. Story was originally written by student Rebecca Dorrill for Professor William F. Hall’s Politics, Religion and Mass Social Protest Movements in American Democratic Society class at Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. While many know Coach Story’s work […]

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Alabama closure of driver’s license offices ignite demands to restore Voting Rights Act

Alabama closure of driver’s license offices ignite demands to restore Voting Rights Act

| October 9, 2015

Provided to NNPA member newspapers courtesy of Trice Edney News Wire (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Civil rights leaders around the country are taken aback over a recent decision by the state of Alabama to close 31 driver’s license offices, many in majority black and poor areas. The move by Alabama appears to be an attempt to stymie the ability […]

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Watch the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Fort Wayne news conference

Watch the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Fort Wayne news conference

| September 22, 2015

The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Come As You Are Community Church, 7910 S Anthony Blvd., Sept. 21 and answered questions about his work in civil rights.

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National NAACP’s Shelton spearheads organization’s federal policy advocacy

National NAACP’s Shelton spearheads organization’s federal policy advocacy

| September 2, 2015

FORT WAYNE—One of the National NAACP’s top officials is scheduled to visit Fort Wayne early next month as part of local NAACP fundraising and community awareness efforts. Hilary 0. Shelton, director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and senior vice president for Advocacy and Policy., is the scheduled guest speaker for the NAACP Fort Wayne/Allen County […]

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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

Click here to watch video of the president’s speech. Click here to read the full text of the president’s speech. By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief SELMA, Ala.–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 […]

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