By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS BATON ROUGE, La.—It was a scene that a young, militant Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. could not have envisioned 30 years ago. Last week, at the national convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) here, Chavis was participating on panel about reforming the criminal justice system with, […]
WASHINGTON (NNPA)–A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely white-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary […]
By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic R.I.P. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability to change hearts, minds, and laws has been well-documented. “Selma,” in the most inspiring way, relays MLK’s state of grace. It is a worthy homage befitting […]
By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” “No Justice, No Peace,” “I Can’t Breathe” “Black Lives Matter” Those are the chants and hand-written signs that continue to characterize marches, die-ins, sit-ins and other non-violent actions in more than 50 cities across the nation in response to grand jury decisions in Missouri […]
The Rev. T. J. Jemison, a longtime Louisiana pastor, pioneering civil rights leader and founder of one of the nation’s met effective faith-based civil rights organizations, has died. He was 95.