Tag: civil rights

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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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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