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COMMENTARY: What Do the 2019 Elections Mean for 2020?
November 22, 2019
While Democrats scored some gains, the Mississippi governor's mansion is still in Republican hands. Mississippi has the largest concentration of Black people – 39 percent – of any state, but African Americans remain underrepresented among elected officials in Mississippi. ... read more »
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Joins Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker in White House Race
November 21, 2019
The late arrivals have reignited a debate about “electability” and who can actually win in 2020. ... read more »
Gwen Ifill Immortalized with Postal Service Forever Stamp
November 7, 2019
Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. ... read more »
Trump Delivers 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum Keynote at HBCU Benedict College
November 1, 2019
Hosted by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a nonprofit founded by a bipartisan group of African American leaders from across the country who advocate for criminal justice reform, the event includes a host of Democratic presidential hopefuls, local officials, and other stakeholders. ... read more »
NNPA Newswire Special Report: Police Shootings of African Americans
October 24, 2019
White ex-officer is working to change the culture ... read more »
Mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner Join NNPA, Others in Opposing NYC Menthol Ban
October 24, 2019
Opponents of the ban fear that it would give police another reason to profile African Americans. ... read more »
Kierra Coles: Young, Pregnant, Black and Still Missing
October 18, 2019
"She was already excited about becoming a mother," Karen Phillips, Kierra's mother, told ABC News shortly after Kierra disappeared. "That's all my child ever wanted, to be a mom and accomplish all the things she set to accomplish – to have a nice paying job which she had, to get a new car which she bought, to move into her own apartment which she did, and to become a mother which she was about to." ... read more »
This Black Pilot is Flying with a Mission of Diversity
October 10, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the approximately 690,000 active certificated pilots in the U.S., less than 3 percent are African American. ... read more »
AKA Raises $1 Million for HBCUs in One Day, Announces Collaboration with the Black Press of America
September 26, 2019
"I understand the impact personally that establishing an endowment has on a student's enrollment and graduation prospects," Dr. Glover said. "The actions of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will go a long way toward ensuring that HBCUs remain open and able to encourage the best black students to choose them as a first option," she said. ... read more »
Why is Suicide a Growing Problem in the Black Community?
September 26, 2019
The NNPA is taking a closer look at the stigma of mental illness in the African American community. This is part II in the series.  ... read more »
How to Be an Anti-Racist, According to Ibram X. Kendi
September 5, 2019
“A combination of memoir and extension of [Kendi’s] towering Stamped from the Beginning... Never wavering... Kendi methodically examines racism through numerous lenses: power, biology, ethnicity, body, culture, and so forth... This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory... Essential.” ... read more »
NAMAD Honors James Farmer with Lifetime Achievement Award
August 9, 2019
“I can remember at a NAMAD banquet there were two tables, maybe three at a conference of minority dealers,” he said. “But I watched it grow to the level that it is today with many [tables] and, to be in a position within General Motors and to assist the industry and see it grow, has been gratifying,” he said. ... read more »
Former NNPA Chairman Dorothy Leavell Reflects on the Black Press
August 2, 2019
“The chairman has a direct responsibility for their membership and to be speaking for them in every way to make sure that their rights, their names, and all, are brought to the forefront of other publishers that comprise the board, and to develop policies,” Leavell said. ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: Sterling Tucker, Civil Rights Leader and Activist Politician, Dies at 95 By Lauren Victoria Burke
July 25, 2019
Prominent American civil rights activist and Washington, D.C. politician Sterling Tucker passed away on July 14, in Washington, D.C. Tucker was the first chair of the District of Columbia City Council and ran for mayor in 1978. He was defeated by Marion Barry by 1,500 votes. ... read more »
Report: Blacks Seven-Times More Likely than Whites to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
July 18, 2019
“From their very first interaction with the police, to being arrested, booked, charged, convicted, and sentenced, Black people are discriminated against and disproportionately criminalized at every stage of the criminal justice system,” according to the Innocence Project report, #BlackBehindBars: Sparking a conversation on the Black wrongful conviction experience in the U.S. ... read more »
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