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53 Years After MLK’s Assassination, Children of Civil Rights Icon Fight Voter Suppression
April 15, 2021
Bernice A. King joined the children of late civil rights champions the Rev. C.T. Vivian, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, in blasting voter suppression laws that have cropped up since the 2020 election. ... read more »
IN MEMORIAM: Civil Rights Icon Vernon Jordan Dies at 85
March 4, 2021
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the world lost an influential figure in the fight for civil rights and American politics. “An icon to the world and a lifelong friend to the NAACP, his contribution to moving our society toward justice is unparalleled,” Johnson declared. “In 2001, Jordan received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for a lifetime of social justice activism. His exemplary life will shine as a guiding light for all that seek truth and justice for all people.” ... read more »
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Receives NNPA 2020 National Leadership Award
September 17, 2020
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) has introduced several bills, including the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Act, H.R. 71, the Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2015, and H.R. 4660, an Amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015 affirming the authority of the Attorney General to reduce prison overcrowding by developing and implementing lawful policies relating to requests for executive clemency from deserving petitioners. ... read more »
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John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of ‘better America’
August 1, 2020
Lewis was ``a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance,`` Obama said during a fiery speech in which he hearkened back to Lewis' legacy and connected it to the ongoing fight against those who are ``doing their darndest to discourage people from voting.'' ... read more »
Rihanna and Congressman John Lewis to be Honored at NAACP Image Awards
February 20, 2020
Five-Time Image Award Recipient Anthony Anderson will return as the host for the Live TV Special. ... read more »
Will You Join the Crusade for Bennett?
December 27, 2018
Bennett College has a unique history, and it is a history that must be preserved. It will only be maintained if folks who love women, women's history, and the elevation of Black women's voices come together to find five million dollars in just a few weeks. I am writing this column to appeal to those who will help. Here's how: ... read more »
Carson Renames 192nd Street in Honor of Slain Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 23, 2018
Paraphrasing a well-known comment by Dr. King, “Environmental injustice anywhere, is a threat to clean air everywhere. ... read more »
The Rev. Billy Kyles dies; was present when ML King was shot
May 4, 2016
He worked on behalf of voter registration drives in Mississippi and was in that state when activist Medgar Evans was assassinated for his civil rights work in 1963 ... read more »
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