Tag: civil rights

Husband, wife performers destined for ‘A Lesson before Dying’

Husband, wife performers destined for ‘A Lesson before Dying’

| October 23, 2014

By Madeline Marcelia Garvin As some of you may or may not know, this journey called life is most intriguing.  And, I only mention this because I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing two marvelous actors who will be performing in Romulus Linney’s play “A Lesson before Dying” based on Ernest Gaines’ highly acclaimed novel. […]

Read More

Breaking white silence on racism

Breaking white silence on racism

| October 7, 2014

By Bill Fletcher Jr. NNPA Columnists On Sept. 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka did something quite fascinating. He spoke to a labor audience in St. Louis about race and racism. What was particularly noteworthy is that he was not speaking to a largely black or Latino audience. [To hear and see the speech, go to: […]

Read More

U.S. ‘falling further behind’ on race relations

U.S. ‘falling further behind’ on race relations

| August 27, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Twenty years after signing the “International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” the U.S. continues to struggle with racial disparities in every major sector of American society. A coalition of American civil and human rights groups, submitted a report titled, “Falling Further Behind: Combating […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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.

Read More

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.”

Read More