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Rep. John Lewis Tells Graduates to ‘Get in Trouble’
May 30, 2019
U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts on Sunday to "get in trouble'' and to build "bridges, not walls.'' ... read more »
Our History Matters: The Untold Stories of African American ‘Hidden Figures’
February 8, 2019
Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1878. Major Taylor participated in his first bike race as a teenager. Shortly after, he moved to Worcester, Massachusetts to become a professional cyclist. Throughout his career, he received several world records from competing in races around the world but that didn’t stop the racist fans from throwing things at him and competitors trying to bump him off the track during his races. One competitor by the name of W.E. Becker choked Taylor until the police separated the two. ... read more »
North Carolina Honors Former Slave Who Bought His Freedom
January 3, 2019
The state approved a historical marker for Lane, the sixth sign in Raleigh to honor a former slave. Sometime in June, said Ansley Wegner of the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program, the man born property of Sherwood Haywood will be recognized on Edenton Street, just across the street from the Capitol where he sold pipes for 10 cents each. ... read more »
Democrats Focus on Voting Rights Ahead of 2020 Primary
January 3, 2019
Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling and frequently highlight the necessity of counting every vote. ... read more »
After midterms, Democratic Hopefuls Eye Early-Voting States
November 22, 2018
Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. ... read more »
Our Vote: More Than A Desire for History, The Very Strides to Make It 
November 15, 2018
“…what happened in Georgia wasn’t just about job titles. This was about the misinformation that Stacey’s opponent peddled throughout the campaign and how he took advantage of his taxpayer-funded position to help run his campaign.”  ... read more »
Harris at Spelman College: “Go forward unburdened, unwavering, and undaunted by the fight”
November 1, 2018
This past week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at Spelman College, America’s oldest private, historically Black liberal arts college for women, as part of the school’s annual Homecoming weekend. Speaking to students from Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center, Harris emphasized the urgency of the current political moment, highlighted the importance of young women of color taking on leadership roles, and drew from her own experiences to suggest how young women can remain undaunted by the challenges ahead.  ... read more »
2018 National Essay Contest on the Film “DROP” for Youth,  Ages 12-18 years Cash Prizes for Winners!
September 20, 2018
The DROP Essay Contest is part of the annual 2018 Week of Positive Change, Non-Violence and Opportunities, October 13-21, 2018. In a joint statement, BW4PC National co-chairs Dr. Stephanie Myers and Daun S. Hester stated, "We must convince youth that dropping out of school is a pipeline to prison and violence. They must stay in school and earn their high school diploma or GED to prepare for success." ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
September 18, 2018
For movies opening September 21, 2018. ... read more »
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 »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
September 13, 2018
For movies opening September 14, 2018. ... read more »
College Employee on Leave for Calling Cops on Black Student
August 9, 2018
A Massachusetts college employee who called campus police to investigate a Black student eating her lunch in a common room has been placed on leave. ... read more »
Warren: Criminal justice System ‘Racist’…’Front to Back’
August 9, 2018
While speaking at a historically black college, the Massachusetts senator identified some of the system's failures: disproportionate arrests of African Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete. ... read more »
State AGs to DeVos: Work with, Not Against, State Law Enforcement
July 26, 2018
Starting last summer, student loan servicers like Navient have been lobbying DeVos to shield them from liability for their practices. And it’s worked. Despite objections from a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General (AGs), the National Association of Governors, and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, DeVos and the Department of Education have increasingly made it more difficult for state and federal law enforcement agencies to do their jobs by retracting information sharing agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and instructing servicers not share student loan information with state law enforcement and banking supervisors. ... read more »
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