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Senate Education Chair blocks bipartisan bill to extend HBCU funding
October 10, 2019
Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education.  And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), that pride is magnified by the history of how our forefathers overcame what once seemed to be insurmountable challenges. ... read more »
The Human and Economic Toll of Gun Violence is Staggering
October 3, 2019
The September 18 state-by-state examination of the economic costs of gun violence, reveals numbers that the committee called "staggering." For instance, in 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 40,000 people were killed in the United States by a gun in 2017, including approximately 2,500 school-age children – or more than 100 people per day and more than five children murdered each day. Sixty percent of gun deaths each year are firearm suicides, researchers said. ... read more »
HUD Says Deregulation, Not Affordable Housing, Needed to Solve Homelessness
October 3, 2019
For more than a decade, economists, lawmakers, and others have heralded the nation’s economy. Often citing how unemployment has declined as new jobs have been created, or Wall Street trading and major bank profits rising, some might be led to believe that all is well in America.  ... read more »
102 House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule Waters Led Effort Supported by Many CBC Members
September 5, 2019
Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal.    ... read more »
America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion
August 29, 2019
America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. ... read more »
Inside The Story Of Emmett Till: FSU Professor Launches App With Digital Perspective of Civil Rights Icon
August 15, 2019
A Florida State University professor’s five-year research project has opened a new window of understanding about the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 that became a catalyst of the civil rights movement. ... read more »
The Storied History of the NAACP
July 25, 2019
The NAACP plans to highlight 110 years of civil rights history, and the current fight for voting rights, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity and education quality during its 110th national convention now happening in Detroit. ... read more »
MISSISSIPPI FLOODS AFFECT BLACK FARMERS
April 25, 2019
Since March 2019, farmers in Mississippi have dealt with disastrous floods in farming fields, due to the swelling levels of the Mississippi River and continuous rains throughout the South.  The floods have halted planting efforts for farmers forced to wait until the soil is dry enough to plant seeds. ... read more »
Happy 100th Birthday – William Triplett
March 22, 2019
Mr. William Triplett was born on March 23, 1919 in Cleveland, Mississippi. ... read more »
Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics Book Review
March 8, 2019
Over the course of the 150+ years since Emancipation, the descendants of slave owners have continuously operated to prevent Blacks from pursuing the American Dream. In the face of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, southern municipalities, cities and states passed Jim Crow laws denying African-Americans the right to vote, travel, buy land, possess a gun, get an education, and so forth.  ... read more »
An Intimate Conversation With Grammy-Award Winner Thelma Houston
January 17, 2019
She was a little girl born and raised in Mississippi, who eventually went on to become a Grammy Award-winning musician. Thelma Houston, best known for her number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” will perform at the Clive Davis Theater on Jan. 17 in Downtown Los Angeles.    ... read more »
Mississippi Senate Race May Be Defining Moment for Black Voters
November 22, 2018
Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s remark to a colleague that “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row” puts the Magnolia State at center stage for Black voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. ... read more »
NAACP Calls Mississippi Candidate Hyde-Smith’s Hanging Comments “Sick”
November 15, 2018
“Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful…” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO ... 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 »
Grammy Nominated Music Icon and Author, Charles Wright Offers College Scholarships
September 24, 2018
Charles Wright, Legendary soul and funk singer-songwriter ("Express Yourself") and author of “UP From Where We’ve Come," is showing his dedication to education by offering scholarships to deserving students in need of financial assistance. ... read more »
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