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Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?
May 12, 2022
For three centuries lynching was a standard practice in the cruel treatment of Black men, women, and children in America. Even after slavery, Blacks from 1882 – 1959 were lynched on average every six days, totaling at least 4,733 brutal deaths, according to researchers at the Tuskegee Institute. ... read more »
Explainer: What’s Behind the Federal Anti-Lynching Legislation?
March 24, 2022
President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law the first bill that specifies lynching as a federal hate crime. ... read more »
The Movement for Justice Will Not Be Deterred OUR VOICES
August 5, 2021
The so-called “conservative” justices on the Supreme Court are rewriting the laws passed by Congress to serve their own partisan purposes. Now the excuse is to limit voter fraud, even though there is no evidence of such fraud other than in the ravings of partisan politicians. This struggle will continue. ... read more »
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The Black Press: Vanguards of Our History, Guardians of Our Future
July 1, 2021
When mainstream media largely ignored the Black community, or positioned us in an unfavorable light, the Black press has been the lighthouse that has illuminated our paths. ... read more »
Grisly Hanging Deaths of Three Black Men in Two Weeks Hark Back to Terror of Lynchings Past
June 18, 2020
People in California and across the county are demanding more transparency in the investigations of the separate hanging deaths of the African American men. ... read more »
Black Press of America Celebrates 193 Years of Freedom-Fighting Journalism
March 19, 2020
“As we deal with some of the most challenging times in modern history, it is important that we understand the significance of the Black Press in reporting on and recording our history,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chair, and publisher of the Houston Forward Times, Karen Carter Richards. The NNPA is the national trade association representing America’s Black Press. ... read more »
Congress Passes Historic Anti-Lynching Legislation
March 5, 2020
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) called lynchings racially-motivated acts of violence and terror that represent a dark and despicable chapter of our nation's history.  "They were acts against people who should have received justice but did not. With this bill, we can change that by explicitly criminalizing lynching under federal law," noted Harris, who suspended her presidential campaign late last year.  ... read more »
Trump’s America By Dawn’s Early Light: Notes on Lynching, Lying and Seeking Justice
October 31, 2019
Pushing back the thick fog and fumes of the putrid propaganda of White supremacist triumphalism, what can we really see and sing by the dawn’s early light except Trump’s deformed and deficient conception of America unmasked? For all the hype, hustle and hypocrisy around “making America great again," it presupposes an imaginary past void of its victims and of the violence, genocide, enslavement, segregation and other forms of decimation and oppression they suffered. And such a deficient and dishonest vision also fails to confront the contradictions obvious and oppressive in the lived conditions of current daily life in America. For surely there is no greatness in greed and no virtue or bravery in creating and indicting victims; no freedom, justice or honor in oppression, imperial aggression and betrayal of allies; and no pride to be praised in corporate plunder and predation against vulnerable others and the earth. ... read more »
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Stop Invisible Lynchings in America
April 4, 2019
Disproportionately, young African male college students and others are being summarily expelled from college based solely on mere allegations of sexual misconduct violations of Title IX rules without any due process of law or findings of fact. College administrators are arbitrarily determining that these targeted students are guilty and expendable until their innocence is proven. ... read more »
If Beale Street Could Talk, It Would Tell Memphis to ‘Copyright Me’
February 15, 2019
I will never forget the colorful characters of Beale Street: Men wearing coordinated suits, shoes and hats, with processed hair; curvaceous women walking with advertising gaits and long eye lashes; impromptu street concerts by bands and musicians; “barkers” pleading for customers to enter their stores and shops; shoe shine boys with their mobile shine parlors and the bustling crowds. ... read more »
Following Our Foremother Fannie Lou Hamer: Courageously Questioning America
October 18, 2018
In these uncertain and unsettling times of the self-silencing of the lambs, the fearful and fatigued surrender of summer soldiers, and the out-of-control hate-filled howling of ice age winter wolves, lessons and models of struggle and resistance from the sacred narrative of our history are both appropriate and compelling. ... read more »
Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism
June 22, 2017
Nooses on the National Mall Stoke Memories of “America’s Dark History” ... read more »
Memorial to confront South’s troubled history of lynchings
September 28, 2016
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Southern states have long welcomed tourists retracing the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and others who opposed segregation. Now the Alabama city that was the first capital of the Confederacy is set to become home to a privately funded museum and monument that could make some visitors wince: a memorial to black lynching victims. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter claiming small victories
June 15, 2016
Jasmine Abdullah was convicted of one count of attempted felony lynching, which is trying to take someone from lawful custody of police by means of a riot ... read more »
Lyntoya Williamson creates natural skincare brand LinnieDREW
August 27, 2015
Lyntoya Williamson is a local fashion and fragrant designer who has decided to take a leap to pursue her dreams of becoming a household name through her skincare line LinnieDREW. ... read more »

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