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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 »
California Moves 2020 Primary Up to March and Joins “Super Tuesday” Voting
December 27, 2018
Early voting in California’s primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. That could force the sprawling field of Democrats to navigate those states as well as California’s notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads. ... read more »
Applying Racial Bias During Jury Selection is an American Tradition
December 19, 2018
“The assertion that there is no substantial differential racial impact in jury selection, however well intended, has been largely discredited by research and diminished by detached observation,” said Dr. Lorenzo Morris, a professor of Political Science at Howard University. ... read more »
Rep. Waters Statement on Republican Voter Fraud in North Carolina
December 7, 2018
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued a statement on voter fraud allegations in the 2018 midterm election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The results of the race – which were initially projected in favor of Republican Mark Harris who had a 905-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready -- are under investigation after evidence of illegal activity by operatives associated with Mark Harris’ campaign was uncovered. ... read more »
U.S. Senate’s Only Black Republican Blocks Tom Farr from Becoming a Federal Judge
December 6, 2018
"This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination," said Scott.  ... read more »
NAACP Strongly urges Senate Rejection of Farr Nomination
November 22, 2018
Even among dangerous Trump nominees, Farr stands out for his decades-long crusade to disenfranchise African Americans. He learned how to intimidate Black voters from segregationist Senator Jesse Helms and helped turn North Carolina into ground zero for voter suppression tactics. His nomination is a travesty. His confirmation would be heresy. ... read more »
Dr. William J. Barber II, McArthur Genius Grant Recipient
October 25, 2018
This month, Barber was among 25 other distinguished individuals selected to receive the prestigious 2018 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” ... 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 »
New South Carolina Museum to Have Rapid Response Exhibits
August 2, 2018
A planned museum in South Carolina tracing African American history in America from slavery to today has hired a woman who creates exhibits based on current events. ... read more »
Civil Rights Leader Rev. William Barber Honored for 25 Years as Pastor
August 2, 2018
A church in North Carolina is recognizing 25 years of work by its pastor, who also has been influential in the civil rights movement. ... 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 »
THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON, FEATURING TWO HISTORY EXHIBITIONS AND SOLO SHOWS FOR ARTISTS NINA CHANEL ABNEY AND ROBERT PRUITT
The California African American Museum (CAAM) announced today that it will open four new exhibitions in fall 2018, including two original exhibitions that examine important chapters of African Americans history in California and solo exhibitions of new and recent works by artists Nina Chanel Abney (in conjunction with the Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and Robert Pruitt. One of the upcoming exhibitions also includes CAAM’s first partnership with its Exposition Park neighbor, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is lending pieces from its collection. ... read more / view event »
Prominent Civil Rights Leader John Mack Remembered
July 12, 2018
A prominent leader wherever he went, Mack was well known for his transformative work with the Los Angeles Urban League, which he revitalized and used to aid 100,000 people annually. He made a tremendous impact on the Los Angeles community and others around the nation. His legacy stretches from Washington, D.C. to Michigan, from Atlanta to North Carolina. Mack’s activism and dedication to improving the livelihood of others was mentioned throughout the service.  ... read more »
Man Who Challenged Black Family’s Use of Pool Loses Job
July 12, 2018
On Facebook, Abhulimen accused Bloom of racial profiling: “This is a classic case of racial profiling in my half a million $$ neighborhood pool. This happened to me and my baby today. What a shame!!” A police news release noted that the postings were on the page of Jasmine Edwards, which is Abhulimen's Facebook screen name. ... read more »
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