Tag: civil rights

Dr. King’s work must be completed for the sake of all

| August 15, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. famously stated in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He was addressing criticisms that he was an “outsider” in Birmingham, and the struggle there for the rights of its citizens was none of his concern. Yet Dr. King knew better, recognizing that […]

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Palestinian and the black American freedom struggles

Palestinian and the black American freedom struggles

| August 13, 2014

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnist Knowing of my concern about  justice for the Palestinians, a friend sent me a link the other day regarding Palestine and Black America. The essence of this piece is the author’s allegation that Palestinians cannot and should not compare their struggle to that of the African American struggle for […]

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Jimmy Carter says his life shaped by ‘black culture’

Jimmy Carter says his life shaped by ‘black culture’

| April 13, 2014

Says little has changed in civil rights past 50 years By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA} —Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s and 1930s,  former President Jimmy Carter said his life was shaped at an early age […]

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President says right to vote under attack

President says right to vote under attack

| April 13, 2014

Of course there will be those who argue about “potential” fraud (despite the fact that evidence shows that election fraud is not a widespread phenomenon) but the truth is some elements of this society, particularly the privileged oligarchy, have been trying to put the genie of political empowerment back in the bottle since day one. […]

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Rand Paul tries to recast racial views

Rand Paul tries to recast racial views

| April 2, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Question: What do you call someone who believes white shopkeepers and owners of other large and small businesses have the “right” to discriminate against black people. Answer: Rand Paul. That answer, of course, came from the Kentucky Republican senator’s own lips during his 2010 campaign for the office when […]

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J. Edgar Hoover’s war on Black America

J. Edgar Hoover’s war on Black America

| February 24, 2014

In the late 1960s, it became apparent that America’s racist power structure had long had a secret ally at the very top: J. Edgar Hoover.

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Interview with ‘American Master’ Alice Walker

Interview with ‘American Master’ Alice Walker

| February 20, 2014

Alice Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983 for her novel “The Color Purple.”

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Video: Alice Walker—Beauty in Truth

Video: Alice Walker—Beauty in Truth

| February 19, 2014

“Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” is the first film biography of writer and activist Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple.”

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Black History Month in retrospect: Until the day…

Black History Month in retrospect: Until the day…

| February 11, 2014

There is a common narrative that accompanies this month. In it, we typically speak of the amazing and central contributions African Americans have made to American life…

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The life, legacy of Amiri Baraka

The life, legacy of Amiri Baraka

| February 6, 2014

With the passing of the prolific poet, playwright, essayist, and critic Amiri Baraka, one of the literary giants of the 20th century was called home.

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