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Breaking the Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling
September 14, 2018
In the 240-year history of the United States, four African American men have presided as the chief executive of a state or commonwealth. Only two were elected in their own right – Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, in 2006, and Douglas Wilder of Virginia, in 1989. David Paterson of New York was elevated to the office upon the resignation of Eliot Spitzer in 2008 ... read more »
Righteous and Relentless Struggle: 
Reflections on the Principle and Practice
August 30, 2018
Even without understanding it in the depth that would come later, we were in, 1965, a new generation building on centuries of sacrifice and struggles of all those who preceded us, those who cleared firm and sacred ground on which we stood and still stand and who opened essential and upward ways on which we would continue the unfinished struggle for liberation and ever higher levels of human life. In speaking of this history, Mary McLeod Bethune told us we are heirs and custodians of a great legacy," but we were not always able to recognize and rightfully respect the historical and cultural ties of life and struggle that bound us with each preceding generation. ... read more »
Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing
August 16, 2018
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
JUUL Labs Offers New Device to Help Smokers Monitor, Change Their Habits
August 9, 2018
Company also Launches Education Efforts to Combat Underage Use. ... read more »
Our Children Are at Risk
July 5, 2018
A few years ago, his Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, studied school discipline data and came to a troubling conclusion: African American students in the 2011-12 school year had been suspended or expelled at a rate three times higher than White students. ... read more »
Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore
August 24, 2017
Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there. ... read more »
American Tennis Association Inducts Williams Sisters’ Dad into Hall of Fame
July 6, 2017
Richard’s coaching efforts will be immortalized in the ATA Tennis and Education Complex in South Florida, a new facility being built for the organization. ... read more »
Baltimore police release footage of shooting incident
December 7, 2016
Baltimore police on Wednesday released body camera footage of a shooting that left a man hospitalized after he threatened people with knives at a bus stop. ... read more »
Smithsonian’s African-American museum gears up for schools
October 19, 2016
schools are penciling in the National Museum of African American History and Culture to give students a real-life look at the past as well as a tangible representation of the places and people in their textbooks. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter activist sues Baton Rouge over arrest
August 10, 2016
DeRay Mckesson was among nearly 200 protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following the July 5 shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling ... read more »
Black activists are looking beyond the courtroom for change
June 1, 2016
Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they are disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray was convicted. ... read more »
Freddie Gray: 2nd officer must testify against colleagues
April 27, 2016
Judge Barry Williams granted a request from prosecutors to force Officer Garrett Miller to testify against Officer Edward Nero and Lt. Brian Rice as they await planned trials ... read more »
Historical society posts 1,000s of Baltimore unrest images
April 27, 2016
Maryland Historical Society is launching a website containing thousands of images ... read more »
Tour of Baltimore Neighborhood Shows ‘Typical’ Sites of Black America
December 23, 2015
Only minutes into Sen. Bernie Sanders' tour through the impoverished Sandtown community in West Baltimore, he asked a burning question: "What I'm seeing is 'Checks Cashed'", he read the sign on a nearby storefront. "Why go in there and cash my check?" asked the Vermont senator, peering at a check cashing store. ... read more »
Freddie Gray’s family settles with city for $6.4M
September 9, 2015
The family of Freddie Gray, who died after being critically injured in police custody, reached a tentative $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the city of Baltimore, resolving civil claims about a week after the first hearing in the criminal case against six police officers, officials said Tuesday. ... read more »
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