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Black Press, UAW Moves to Strengthen Already Solid Relationship
February 15, 2019
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) has enjoyed a long history of supporting organized labor, particularly during the Civil Rights Movement when many unions and civil rights-focused organizations worked together to secure legislation that benefitted African Americans. ... read more »
Ernest Withers: Undercover Agent for FBI or Forced to be a Spy?
January 24, 2019
Lauterbach’s book attempts a balanced and unbiased perspective on what Withers’ legacy will be: a traitorous informant who spied for the FBI or a blackmail victim forced to do as he was told. ... read more »
The Compelling Need and Notion of Freedom: Retrieving Our Expansive Concept of Struggle
January 24, 2019
As we celebrate each year our strivings and struggles through history, the Black Freedom Movement is always a central focus. But we may not call it by its rightful name, because it has been renamed by the established order as the Civil Rights Movement and this has implications for us in terms of self-determination and how we define our goals, what we count as victory, and the lessons and spirit of life and struggle we learn and absorb from this world historical struggle. Our urgent and constant call was “Freedom Now!” and even now, it is no less necessary. ... read more »
NBA Champ Craig Hodges and Olympian Ron Brown Discuss Athlete Activism 
December 20, 2018
The Brotherhood Crusade showed another story of athletes in activism when they hosted an intimate conversation between two-time NBA champion Craig Hodges and Olympic gold medalist Ron Brown. The event was about public figures who take a stand and sacrifice their jobs to help other.  ... read more »
Legendary singer, Nancy Wilson Passes Away
December 20, 2018
As we bid farewell to an iconic voice for many generations, we remember what made Nancy Wilson nothing short of a Legend.  ... read more »
USC School of Architecture Launches Dean Curry’s New CreativeTalks Series
November 1, 2018
In an auditorium at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, students, faculty and the general public listened and participated in an interdisciplinary conversation between the School’s first black Dean, ... read more »
Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation Gives Soulful Tribute to Aretha Franklin
September 20, 2018
The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation’s (GMHMF) 10th Evolution of Gospel presented an exhilarating, spirit-filled tribute to the life and legacy of the late great Aretha Franklin on a stage where she once performed; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The evening featured soul-stirring musical performances from some of gospel’s leading artists and a litany of powerful narratives that paid homage to her expansive body of music and contribution to the civil rights movement.  ... read more »
Race Has Always Mattered
September 20, 2018
   The institutionalization of racial difference codified white peoples’ refusal to grant Blacks such basic democratic rights as citizenship, access to the legal system and the right to vote. ... read more »
UN Observes International Remembrance of Slave Trade
August 31, 2018
Each year, on Aug. 23, the United Nations hosts an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition to remind the world of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. ... read more »
Atlanta renames street after civil rights icon John Lewis
August 30, 2018
Noting U.S. Rep. John Lewis' life of ``raw courage,'' Atlanta officials renamed a street for the civil rights icon Wednesday. ... read more »
Children on the Front Lines
August 23, 2018
I am so proud of the Freedom Schools scholars who have learned they are following in the footsteps of children and youths who were the foot soldiers and infantry of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of their stories from the Movement are well known: six-year-old Ruby Bridges in New Orleans walked through White mobs to attend school—even praying for those jeering at her; the Little Rock Nine; the four little girls killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. Thousands of children were on the frontlines of history. Whether sung or unsung heroes, we owe all of them a debt of gratitude. ... read more »
Rosa Parks’ letter about ’57 bombing bought by targeted pair
August 9, 2018
A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors' home has been purchased at auction by the couple who were targeted in the attack. ... read more »
Enough with the Racism in the Rooftop Solar Industry
August 9, 2018
Recently, Vivint Solar—one of the largest sellers of solar panels in this country—was sued in California by a Black employee who alleges that his superiors likened him to a monkey; used a racial epithet against him; and that his coworkers used cardboard boxes to build a fort around their desks that was marked as “White only.” The complainant's lawyer provided pictures of this absurd and abhorrent cardboard façade to the media and The Sacramento Bee published the photo. ... read more »
NNPA Hosts National Black Parents’ Town Hall in Norfolk
July 5, 2018
Panelists for the event, where questions and comments were discussed regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), were Linda Langley Davis, the director of educational services for Hampton Roads, Inc.; Fred Smoot, a former Washington Redskins cornerback and motivational speaker; Rev. Dr. Kirk T. Houston, the founder and pastor of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church; and Deidre Love, the executive director of the nonprofit Teens with a Purpose. ... read more »
Face the Truth About Lynchings to Move Our Country Forward
May 3, 2018
The reckoning that began with the Civil Rights Movement has continued; the memorial is a testament to that. People of good will want the healing to continue. The vibrancy and prosperity of the New South requires that the healing continue. But to heal wounds, you have to take the shrapnel out first. To move to reconciliation, you must start with the truth.  ... read more »
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