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Congressional Black Caucus Focuses on Economic Recovery of African Americans in COVID-19 Crisis
April 2, 2020
The first draft of the COVID-19 Senate stimulus bill focused money to bailout large corporations and the top one percent. But after days of negotiation that included President Trump big footing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the legislation was changed to focus more on the needs of main street Americans. ... read more »
Mike Drop: After Joe Biden’s Big Super Tuesday Wins, What’s Next for Bloomberg?
March 12, 2020
Excerpt: Democrats turned out in record numbers for Super Tuesday as many are citing their desire to remove President Trump from office as a motivating factor. In the Super Tuesday state of Virginia, primary turnout was the highest ever and surpassed the 2008 primary 12 years ago when former President Barack Obama challenged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Over 23 percent of registered voters cast ballots on March 3rd. ... read more »
After Nevada Win, Sen. Bernie Sanders Trying to Prove He Can Win Minority Voters
February 27, 2020
The top three leaders in delegate totals are now Sanders, 28, Buttigieg 22, and Warren 8. ... read more »
Howard University Receives Record Donation for STEM Scholarships
February 20, 2020
“I am proud of Howard’s continued efforts to drive economic development in the District. Adding critical residential and retail amenities transforms vacant and underperforming assets into thriving communities that both improve the fabric of the neighborhood and add vitality to Howard’s mission,” said Howard President Wayne Frederick. “I am also particularly happy that we were able to include Gideon, which is headed up by a strong Howard University Alumni with a history of giving back.” ... read more »
Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller
February 20, 2020
Miller fought during the attack on Pearl Harbor after the Japanese surprise attack on the islands on December 7, 1941. ... read more »
Black Voters are the Cornerstone of the Democratic Party
February 20, 2020
Trump is increasingly highlighting his pitch to African Americans as Democrats struggle to decide amongst a crowded field. Political observers understand that Trump is unlikely to win more than ten percent of the Black vote. But it is also understood that any percentage higher than average could be the margin of victory in a close race. ... read more »
Jarrett Adams: Falsely Accused Man Re-enters Society as an Attorney
February 20, 2020
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, thirteen years after being exonerated, Adams was admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar. Adams was joined by Keith Findley, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at a ceremony celebrating his bar admission at the Wisconsin State Capitol. ... read more »
Former NAACP Chief and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Kweisi Mfume Wins Primary for Cummings Seat
February 14, 2020
Former NAACP President and five-term Congressman Kweisi Mfume won big in a Democratic primary contest to replace the late Congressman Elijah Cummings who passed away on October 17, 2019 at the age of 68.  ... read more »
Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis Announces Cancer Diagnosis
January 2, 2020
Lewis announced on the last week of 2019 that he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. ... 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 »
Cop Who Killed Eric Garner on Video Finally Closer to Being Fired After Five Years
August 15, 2019
Two days after activists protested yelling “fire Pantaleo” at a Democratic debate in Detroit with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio standing on stage, a New York administrative judge ruled that Pantaleo should be fired. Pressure from activists and media attention put Eric Garner’s death at the forefront of discussions on police brutality and misconduct. ... 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 »
Empire Star Taraji Henson Speaks on Suicide and Mental Health on Capitol Hill
July 25, 2019
"It breaks my heart to know that 5-year-old children are contemplating life and death, I just...I'm sorry. That one is tough for me. So, I'm here to appeal to you, because this is a national crisis. When I hear of kids going into bathrooms, cutting themselves, you're supposed to feel safe in school,” Henson told the members of Congress and those in the audience in a hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington. ... read more »
U.S. House Votes to Condemn President Trump’s Use of Social Media to Spread Racist Messages
July 19, 2019
“Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain, the hurt of racism. In the 50s and during the 60s, segregationists told us to go back when we protested for our rights. They told ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns to go back. The told innocent, little children seeking just equal education to go back,” said civil rights legend and Georgia Congressman John Lewis on the House floor during debate.  ... read more »
Petition to Rename Space Once Honoring Robert E. Lee Could Honor Leah Chase
July 11, 2019
National Food and Beverage Foundation President Brent Rosen launched the petition, which says the cost of installation of a statue of Leah Chase would be paid for by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. ... read more »
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